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Taxation of IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing Units In India


Taxation of IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing Units In India, Double Taxation Relief is one of the important provisions contained in the Income Tax Act, 1961. It is a core area of practice for many professionals., Check More details regarding “Taxation of IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing Units In India”From below.

Taxation of IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing Units In India

Taxation of IT Enabled Business Process Outsourcing Units

Let us study about The Taxation of IT – Enabled BPO’s in India:

The provisions containing taxation of IT-enabled business process outsourcing units are not contained in the Income-tax Act, 1961 but are given in Circular No.5/2004 dated 28.9.2004 issued by CBDT. The provisions state the following:

  • A non-resident entity may outsource certain services to a resident Indian entity. If there is no business connection between the two, the resident entity may not be a Permanent Establishment of the non-resident’s entity, and the resident entity would have to be assessed to income-tax as a separate entity. In such a case, the non-resident entity will not be liable under the Income-tax Act,
  • However, it is possible that the non-resident entity may have a business connection with the resident Indian entity. In such a case, the resident Indian entity could be treated as the Permanent Establishment of the non-resident
  • The non-resident entity or the foreign company will be liable to tax in India only if the IT enabled BPO unit in India constitutes its Permanent
  • A non-resident or a foreign company is treated as having a Permanent Establishment in India if the said non-resident or foreign company carries on business in India through a branch, sales office etc. or through an agent (other than an independent agent) who habitually exercises an authority to conclude contracts or regularly delivers goods or merchandise or habitually secures orders on behalf of the non-resident principal. In such a case, the profits of the non-resident or foreign company attributable to the business activities carried out in India by the Permanent Establishment becomes taxable in
  • If a foreign enterprise carries on business in another country through a Permanent Establishment situated therein, the profits of the enterprise may be taxed in the other country but only so much of them as will be attributable to the Permanent
  • Profits are to be attributed to the Permanent Establishment as if it were a distinct and separate enterprise engaged in the same or similar activities under the same or similar conditions and dealing completely independently with the enterprise of which it is a Permanent
  • In determining the profits of a Permanent Establishment there shall be allowed as deduction, expenses which are incurred for the purposes of the Permanent Establishment including executive and general administrative expenses so incurred, whether in the State in which the Permanent Establishment is situated or
  • The expenses that are deductible would have to be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Income-tax Act,
  • The profits to be attributed to a Permanent Establishment are those which that Permanent Establishment would have made, if, instead of dealing with its Head Office, it had been dealing with an entirely separate enterprise under conditions and at prices prevailing in the ordinary market. This corresponds to the arm’s length principle.
  • Hence, in determining the profits attributable to an IT-enabled BPO unit constituting a Permanent Establishment, it will be necessary to determine the price of the services rendered by the Permanent Establishment to the Head office or by the Head office to the Permanent Establishment on the basis of the arm‘s length principle.
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