TP adjustment isn’t permitted on adhoc basis: ITAT

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Case Details: HSBC Asset Management (India) (P.) Ltd. v. DCIT - [2022] 140 476 (Mumbai-Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • Vikas Awasthy, Judicial Member & M. Balaganesh, Accountant Member
    • Porus KakaDivesh ChawlaTejas Mhatre for the Appellant.
    • Satya Pinisetty for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

The assessee had received services from AEs towards software development and other IT services & support services. For providing these services, AEs had charged certain costs to the assessee based on the appropriate allocation key.

The details of cost allocation keys used for the purpose of allocation of cost to the assessee were duly documented in the TP study report and were submitted before the TPO. However, the TPO held that the transactions of cost allocation were not at arm’s length and proceeded to make an ad hoc disallowance of 50 percent. The matter reached before the Mumbai Tribunal.


The Mumbai Tribunal has held that the entire transfer pricing adjustment in respect of cost allocation had been made by the TPO completely on an ad hoc basis without carrying out the benchmarking analysis by following any of the prescribed methods provided in the statute.

It was specifically submitted that with respect to the services, the cost allocation that has been made to the assessee was purely based on a cost-to-cost basis based on actual usage. Further, the assessee had submitted evidence to the TPO to demonstrate the fact that services had indeed been obtained from the AE.

Hence, it could be safely concluded that the assessee had indeed availed the services and derived benefits thereon by incurring the cost paid to AE based on cost allocation depending on actual usage without any markup thereon.

Hence, the assessee duly discharged its onus of justifying the claim of expenses paid to its AE towards cost allocation of software development and other IT services. In any case, the TPO ought not to have disallowed 50 percent of the said expenditure on an ad hoc basis. The TPO is duty bound to determine the ALP of an international transaction only by following any of the five prescribed methods provided in rule 10B of the Income-tax Rules and not otherwise.

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