Claim foreign income tax as deduction u/s 37(1)

Claim Foreign Income tax as deductionDCIT vs. Mastek Limited (ITAT Ahmedabad)

Income Tax Paid in Belgium by the assessee amounting to Rs.42.57 lakhs and assessee claimed the same as deduction u/s 37(1). The Assessing Officer rejected the claim by relying on section 40(a)(ii) which provides that any sum paid on account of tax levied on profits or gains of business shall not be allowable as a deduction, though the CIT (A) allowed the claim on the ground that the bar in s. 40(a)(ii) did not apply to foreign taxes. On appeal by the department, HELD dismissing the appeal:

As reported by ITAT.ORG:  The term “tax” is defined in s. 2(43) to mean income-tax chargeable under the provisions of this Act. S. 37(1) allows a deduction of all taxes and rates. Taxes levied in foreign countries whether on profits or gains or otherwise are deductible u/s 37(1) not hit by s. 40(a)(ii). It is also not application of income. The same view has been taken by ITAT Mumbai in South East Asia Shipping Co & Tata Sons Ltd and the department’s Reference Applications u/s 256(1) & 256(2) were rejected and the issue has reached finality.

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