Delhi H.C : Computer accessories and peripherals being an integral part of computer systems are eligible for depreciation at higher rate of 60 per cent

High Court Of Delhi

CIT VS. Bses Yamuna Powers Ltd.

Assessment Year : 2004-05

Section : 32

Dipak Misra, Cj. And Manmohan, J.

IT Appeal No. 1267 Of 2010

Cm No. 15710 Of 2010

August 31, 2010

JUDGMENT

CM No. 15710 of 2010

Manmohan, J. – For the reasons stated in the application, delay in re-filing the appeal is condoned.

2. Accordingly, application stands disposed of.

I. T. A. No. 1267 of 2010

3. The present appeal has been filed under section 260A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act, 1961”) challenging the order dated April 22, 2009, passed by the Income-tax Appellate Tribunal (for brevity “the Tribunal”) in I. T. A. No. 769/Del/2008 for the assessment year 2004-05.

4. Ms. Prem Lata Bansal, learned counsel for the Revenue, submitted that the Tribunal had erred in law in allowing depreciation to the assessee at the higher rate of 60 per cent. on computer accessories and peripherals instead of the normal rate at 25 per cent. She further submitted that the computer peripherals and accessories could not be treated at par with computer and computer software.

5. However, upon a perusal of the file, we find that the higher rate of depreciation was allowed both by the Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) (“the CIT(A)”) and the Tribunal. In fact, the Tribunal in its impugned order has observed as under :

“The issue involved in this appeal is covered by the decision of co-ordinate Bench of the Tribunal as discussed below :

In the case of ITO v. Samiran Majumdar [2006] 98 ITD 119 (Kol.), Income-tax Appellate Tribunal Kolkata Bench “B”, has taken a view that the printer and scanner are integral part of the computer system and are to be treated as computer for the purpose of allowing higher rate of depreciation, i.e., 60 per cent.

3.2 The Income-tax Appellate Tribunal, Delhi “F” Bench in the case of Expeditors International (India) (P.) Ltd. v. CIT [2008] 118 TTJ 652 (Delhi) has held that peripherals such as printer, scanners, NT Server, etc., form integral part of the computer and the same, therefore, are eligible for depreciation at the rate of 60 per cent. as applicable to a computer.

4. Respectfully following the aforesaid decisions of the co-ordinate Bench, we uphold the order of the learned Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) in allowing the depreciation at 60 per cent. on computer peripherals and accessories, and, thus, the ground raised by the Revenue is rejected.

5. In the result, the appeal filed by the Revenue is dismissed.”

6. We are in agreement with the view of the Tribunal that computer accessories and peripherals such as, printers, scanners and server, etc., form an integral part of the computer system. In fact, the computer accessories and peripherals cannot be used without the computer. Consequently, as they are the part of the computer system, they are entitled to depreciation at the higher rate of 60 per cent.

7. In view of aforesaid, the present appeal is dismissed in limine.

[Citation : 358 ITR 47]