Punjab & Haryana H.C : Whether, on the facts and in the circumstances of the case, the Tribunal has been right in law in directing the ITO to calculate the value of the perquisite with reference to r. 3 of the IT Rules, 1962 ?

High Court Of Punjab & Haryana

CIT vs. Nuchem Plastics Ltd.

Section 40(c)

Gokal Chand Mital & S.S. Sodhi, JJ.

IT Ref. No. 5 of 1983

2nd February, 1989

Counsel Appeared

Ashok Bhan & Ajay Mittal, for the Revenue : Praveen Goel, for the Assessee

S. S. SODHI J. :

The question of law referred for the opinion of this Court reads as under : ” Whether, on the facts and in the circumstances of the case, the Tribunal has been right in law in directing the ITO to calculate the value of the perquisite with reference to r. 3 of the IT Rules, 1962 ? “

The question referred has clearly to be answered in the affirmative, in favour of the assessee and against the Revenue, keeping in view the judgment of the High Court of Calcutta in CIT vs. Britannia Industries Co. Ltd. (1981) 20 CTR (Cal) 272: (1982) 135 ITR 35(Cal), with which we respectfully concur. The AAC in that case held that the value of the perquisite of free car provided to an employee should be taken at Rs. 150 per month per employee as per r. 3(c)(ii) of the IT Rules, 1962 (hereinafter referred to as the “Rules”), in the assessment of the assessee-company for the purpose of the ceiling under s. 40(c)(iii) of the IT Act, 1961. This order was upheld by the Tribunal in appeal. When the matter came up in reference before the High Court, it was held that it would lead to a very anomalous situation if the value of the perquisite of the car provided by the assessee-company to the employees was, in view of r. 3(c)(ii), taken at Rs. 150 per month for the purpose of assessment of the employees under the head ” Salaries ” and was taken at a different figure for the purpose of working out the ceiling under s.

40(c)(iii) in the hands of the assesseecompany, i.e., the employer. There could not be two different standards for assessment in respect of the employee and employer. It was further observed that it was equitable too that what the payer gives is what the receiver receives. The value of the perquisite of free car, therefore, provided to the employees in the instant case would be Rs. 150 per month per employee in accordance with r. 3(c)(ii) and the disallowance under s. 40 (c) (iii) would be worked out accordingly.

This reference is answered accordingly. There will, however, be no order as to costs.

[Citation : 179 ITR 196]

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