Rule 11UA amended in mid of Assessment Year is applicable for transactions occurred during whole AY: ITAT

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Income-tax Rules 1962 - Income from other sources - Chargeable as (Share Premium)

Case Details: UKN Hospitality (P.) Ltd. v. ITO - [2021] 131 taxmann.com 121 (Bangalore - Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • N.V. Vasudevan, Vice President and B.R. Baskaran, Accountant Member
    • S.V. Ravishankar, Adv. for the Appellant. 
    • Kannan Narayanan, Jt. CIT (DR) (ITAT) for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

The assessee-company allotted 4,50,032 equity shares of the face value of Rs. 10 at a premium of Rs. 136 per share on 14-8-2021 and received share premium. During the relevant previous year, on 21-11-2012, the assessee issued and allotted 146 shares at very high premium. The assessee followed Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) method for valuation of same.
The Assessing Officer (AO) rejected the assessee’s explanations and contended that the DCF method was permissible only in respect of shares issued after 29-11-2012 when rule 11UA was amended, providing for adopting either DCF or NAV method as the method of valuation of shares for the purpose of section 56(2)(viib). AO accordingly arrived at value under NAV method and brought to tax a sum of Rs. 2.75 Crore.
On appeal, the CIT(A) affirmed the order of the AO. Aggrieved-assessee filed the instant appeal before the Tribunal.

ITAT Held

The Bangalore Tribunal held that the provisions of section 56(2)(viib) were introduced by the Finance Act, 2012 with effect from 1-4-2013, and, therefore, those provisions were applicable. Rule 11UA was amended by Notification No. 52/2012 dated 29-11-2012, whereby the DCF method was an acceptable method of valuation of shares.
Valuation of shares for the purpose of section 56(2)(viib) has to be as on the date of issue of shares. The basis of valuation can be on the basis of a method which is subsequently recognized by the legislature. It cannot be said that valuation is to be made only by the method that prevailed on the date of issue and allotment of shares.
Accordingly, the basis of valuation by the DCF method, which was one of the recognized methods during the previous year relevant to the assessment year 2013-14, ought to have been examined by the Assessing Officer and the Commissioner (Appeals).

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