No TP adjustment for ‘performance guarantee’ as contractual revenue would belong to guarantor if guarantee was invoked

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Transfer pricing - Computation of arm’s length price (Adjustments - Guarantee Commission)

Case Details: DCIT v. KEC International Ltd. - [2021] 132 taxmann.com 75 (Mumbai - Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • Vikas Awasthy, Judicial Member and N.K. Pradhan, Accountant Member
    • Sushil Kumar Mishra, DR for the Appellant. 
    • Anuj Kisnadwala, AR for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

Assessee-company was engaged in the business of design, fabrication, galvanizing, and testing of transmission line towers and telecom towers. The assessee provided a performance guarantee for its AE during the relevant year, but it did not charge any commission from its AE for providing said performance guarantee.

The Transfer Pricing Officer (TPO) treated the performance guarantee transaction as an international transaction and proceeded to benchmark the same by taking 1.04 percent per annum bank guarantee commission rate. Accordingly, certain addition was made to the assessee’s ALP.

The CIT(A) held that there was no cost element in the case of guarantee given by the assessee. Hence, the transaction of issuance of guarantee was out of the ambit of Indian Transfer Pricing Regulations. Aggrieved revenue filed the appeal before the Mumbai Tribunal.

ITAT Held

The Mumbai Tribunal held that it was noted that as per terms of the agreement, in the event of AE failing in execution of the contract, performance guarantee issued by the assessee would get invoked, and thereupon, the assessee would be obligated to execute the contract on its own by using its own infrastructure.

This would, in turn, result in the assessee deriving entire contractual revenue and huge profits from there. Thus, there was absolutely no risk involved for the assessee in issuing performance guarantee on behalf of its AE, warranting charging of any commission to mitigate that risk. Therefore, the impugned addition made by TPO was to be deleted.

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