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Amounts Expressly Allowed as Deduction

 4.1.  Sec. 30  :    Rent, Rates, Taxes, Repairs & Insurance Of Buildings Used For Business

      1. Rent of the premises is allowed ad deduction. However, notional rent paid by proprietor is not allowed as deduction. But rent paid by him to its partner for using his premises is allowed as deduction.
      2. Current repairs if the assessee bears the cost of repairs are allowed as deduction. However, Capital repairs incurred by the assessee are never allowed as deduction whether premises is occupied as a tenant or as a owner. Instead the capital repairs incurred shall be deemed to be a building and depreciation shall be claimed.
      3. Any sum on account of Land Revenue, Local Taxes or Municipal Taxes subject to section 43B. as per section 43B deduction shall be allowed only if such sum is actually paid on or before the due date of furnishing or return ; and
      4. Insurance charges against the risk of damage or destruction of building is allowed as deduction.

 4.2. Sec. 31 :      Repairs & Insurance Of Plant, Machinery & Furniture

  1. of current repairs to the plant, machinery and furniture is allowed as deduction. However, capital repairs incurred by the assessee are never allowed as deduction whether plant is leased or is purchased. Instead the capital repairs incurred shall be deemed to be an asset eligible for depreciation.
  2. Premium paid for insurance against the risk of damage or destruction of plant, machinery or furniture is allowed as deduction.

 4.3. Sec. 32  :     Depreciation

In respect of depreciation of-

(i) buildings, machinery, plant or furniture, being tangible assets;

(ii) know-how, patents, copyrights, trade marks, licences, franchises or any other business or commercial rights of similar nature, being intangible assets acquired on or after the 1st day of April, 1998,

owned, wholly or partly, by the assessee and used for the purposes of the business or profession the following deductions shall be allowed:


4.4. Sec. 36(1)(I) :       Insurance Of Stock

 The amount of any Insurance premium paid in respect of insurance against risk of damage or destruction of stocks or stores used for the purposes of the business is allowed as discount.


4.5. Sec. 36(1)(Ib) :     Insurance Premium On The Health Of Employees

It is allowed as deduction if following conditions are satisfied :

a.         The Premium is paid by Cheque by the employer; and

b.         Premium is paid under the Scheme framed in this behalf by the General Insurance Corporation of India and approved by the Central Government.


4.6. Sec. 36(1)(ii) :      Bonus Or  Commission Paid To Employees

Bonus or Commission paid to an employee is allowable as deduction subject to certain conditions:

1.         Admissible only if not payable as profit or dividend :     One of the conditions is that the amount payable to employees as Bonus or Commission should not otherwise have been payable to them as profit or dividend. This is provided to check an employer from avoiding tax by distributing his / its profit by way of bonus among the member employees of his/its concern, instead of distributing the sum as dividend or profits.

2.         Deductible on payment basis :      Bonus or Commission is allowed as deduction only where payment is made during the previous year or on or before the due date of furnishing return of income u/s 139.

4.7. Sec. 36(1)(iii) :     Interest Paid On Borrowed Capital For The Purpose Of Business Or Profession


As per Supreme Court judgement :

      1. The sum of money should be borrowed from another assessee. The loan may be  borrowed from any Bank, Financial Institution, Govt. , Public, friends or relatives. Loan may be in the form of debentures or deposits etc. Interest on capital or loan to proprietor is not allowed as deduction since the loan is not borrowed from another person. However, interest paid by firm to its partner on their capital contribution is allowed as deduction.
      2. Such borrowed money should be used for the purpose of business or profession. But where the amount of loan is used for personal purpose it is not allowed as deduction. E.g. the loan is borrowed for the payment of income tax not allowed as deduction. However, loan is borrowed for payment of dividend or sales tax is allowed as deduction.
      3. The Interest has accrued  during the relevant previous year. However, where the interest falls u/s 43B, i.e. where interest is payable to banks or financial institutions, then to claim deduction such interest should actually be paid on or before the due date of furnishing of return.


  1. Interest accrued before he commencement of business not allowed ad deduction but has to be capitalized and added to the actual cost of fixed assets acquired out of borrowed capital.
  2. Interest accrued after the commencement of business but before the asset is put to use is not allowed as deduction but has to be capitalized and added to the actual cost of the fixed assets acquired out of borrowed capital.
  3. Interest accrued after the asset is put to use is allowed as deduction u/s 36(1)(iii)


(iii)       OTHER POINTS

  1. Where interest is paid outside India without deduction of tax at source is not allowed as deduction.
  2. Income tax department cannot question the need for borrowing and the rate of interest.
  3. Interest other than interest on borrowing is allowed as deduction u/s 37 and not under this clause. E.g. Interest on late payment of sales tax etc.


4.8. Sec. 36(1)(iv)  :    Employer’s Contribution Towards Recognized Provident Fund Or An Approved Superannuation Fund.

Employer’s contribution paid towards recognized provident fund or an approved superannuation fund is allowed as deduction subject to Sec. 43B. However, contribution to Non-Statutory Fund or Unapproved Fund is not allowed ad deduction. In case of contribution towards superannuation fund is allowed as deduction u/s 37.


4.9.  Sec. 36(1)(v)  :    Employer’s Contribution Paid Towards An Approved Gratuity Fund

Any sum paid by the assessee as an employer by way of contribution towards an approved gratuity fund created by him for the exclusive benefit of his employees under an irrevocable trust is allowed as deduction subject to section 43B.


4.10.  Sec. 36(1)(va) ] :        Employee’s Contribution Towards Staff Welfare Scheme.

Any sum received by the assessee from his employees as contributions :

  1. to any provident fund or
  2. superannuation fund or
  3. any fund set up under the provisions of the Employee’s State Insurance Act, or
  4. any other fund for the welfare of such employee

is treated as income in the hands of assessee unless such employee’s contribution is credited in employee’s account on or before the ‘due date’ specified under the provisions of any law or terms of contract of service or otherwise.

However employer’s contribution (not employee’s contribution) towards such fund is allowed as deduction subject to section 43B i.e. such contribution is paid on or before the due date of furnishing return.

4.11. Sec. 36(1) (vii) ] :         Bad Debts

(i)  Conditions

A deduction will be allowed in respect of any Bad Debt which is written  off as irrecoverable in the account of the assessee for the previous year subject to the conditions specified in Sec. 36(2) as follows :

1.         No such deduction shall be allowed unless such debt or part thereof has been taken into account in computing the income of the assessee of the previous year in which the amount of such debt or part thereof is written off or of an earlier previous year, or

            e.g. Credit Sale made Rs.50,000 not realized. Rs.50,000 shall be allowed as deduction since sale is treated as income.

            Advance made for purchase of stocks. Advance forfeited not allowed as deduction since advance money not a part of income. However, deduction can be claimed u/s 37.

  1. Represents money lent in the ordinary course of the business of banking or money lending which is carried on by the assesses

(ii) Notes

1.         Bad Debt can be claimed as deduction by the successor of the business , e.g. conversion of firm into a company.

2.         However Provision for Bad Debt is not allowed deduction.

(iii) Section 41(4). Recovery of Bad Debt

Where a deduction has been allowed in respect of a bad debt or part of debt, then, if the amount subsequently recovered on any such debt or part is greater than the difference between the debt or part of debt and the amount so allowed, the excess shall be deemed to be profits and gains of business or profession, and accordingly chargeable to income-tax as the income of the previous year in which it is recovered, whether the business or profession in respect of which the deduction has been allowed is in existence in that year or not.


4.12. Sec. 36(1)(ix)] :           Family Planning Expenditure Incurred By Company

Deduction in respect of Revenue Expenditure  for promoting family planning amongst its employees is allowed as deduction and in case of Capital expenditure , 1/5 of expenditure incurred is allowed as deduction in 5 equal installment.


4.13. Sec. 36(1)(xii) ] :         Banking Cash Transaction Tax (BCTT)

Any amount of Banking Cash Transaction Tax (BCTT) paid by the assessee during the previous year on the taxable banking transactions entered into by him.


Explanation.- For the purposes of this clause, the expressions "banking cash transaction tax" and "taxable banking transaction" shall have the same meanings respectively assigned to them.


4.14. Sec. 37 : General Deduction

(i) Conditions

This is a residuary section. Hence this section covers only those items of business expenditure which are not covered under section 30 to 36. the deductions u/s 37 is allowed if expenditure satisfies all the three conditions mentioned below :

  1. Expenditure is incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of the business. The word ‘wholly’ refers to the quantum of expenditure and the word ‘exclusively’ refers to the motive, object or purpose of the expenditure. The expression ‘ for the purpose of the business’ is essentially wider than the expression ‘ for the purpose of earning profits’.
  2. Such Expenditure is not in the nature of personal expenditure.
  3. Such expenditure is not of Capital in nature i.e. expenses should be of revenue in nature. The word “Capital” connotes permanency and “Capital Expenditure” is , therefore, closely akin to the concept of securing something, tangible or intangible property , or corporeal or incorporeal right, so that they could be of a lasting or enduring benefit to the enterprise in issue. Revenue expenditure, on the other hand, is operational in its perspective and solely intended for the furtherance of the enterprise.

Following Expenditures were held to be incurred

wholly and exclusively for the purpose of the Business

  1. Official or Administrative Expenses
  2. Audit or Legal Fees
  3. Advertising Expenses, Traveling or Conveyance Expenses
  4. Entertainment Expenses
  5. Interest paid for overdraft facility
  6. Remuneration payable to employees or other expenses incurred for the benefit of employees.
  7. Diwali Expenses
  8. Interest paid on payment of dividend is allowed as deduction. (However interest on payment of income tax or other personal liability is not allowed as deduction).

Following Expenditure were held to be Personal Expenses

  1. Drawing by the owner for personal use.
  2. Interest on own capital in case of proprietorship concern.
  3. Remuneration paid to owner of the business in case of Proprietary concern.
  4. Donation u/s 80G or any other similar donations not connected with business of the assessee. (However business donation is allowed as deduction)

Revenue Expenditure vs Capital Expenditure

  1. Purchase of Capital Assets used for the purpose of business. (However, Depreciation can be claimed u/s 32).
  2. Annual listing fee paid to any recognized stock exchange ,(However, initial listing fee is not allowed as deduction since treated as Capital Expenditure)
  3. Expenditure on raising loans for he purpose of business is allowed as deduction, since treated as revenue expenditure. (However, expenditure on raising equity shares or preference shares is not allowed as deduction , since treated as Capital Expenditure.)
  4. Expenses on registration of Trade Marks.

Others ( not allowed as deduction)

  1. Any Provisions or Reserves for contingencies, anticipated loss, dividend, sales tax, custom duty, excise, gratuity, bonus etc. (However, actual payment of sales tax, excise duty or custom duty is allowed as deduction subject to Sec. 43B.)

Note : However under section 40A(7) provision made for gratuity which becomes payable  in the PY is allowed as deduction.

  1. Notional Expenses, i.e. Rent Paid for own building etc.


4.15.  Loss arising due to Business

Is Business Loss Deductible ? Yes, even though there is no specific provision of deduction provided in the Act. As you know income include Loss, therefore, Loss arising due to business shall be dealt in Sec. 28 itself. Example are :

  1. Loss on account of Robbery, Theft, Embezzlement etc. ;
  2. Loss on account of valuation of Stock-in-Trade
  3. Loss on account of fluctuation in currency rates.

4.16. Penalty For Any Breach Of Law

For the removal of the doubts, it is hereby declared that any expenditure incurred by an assessee for any purpose which is an offence or which is prohibited by law shall not be deemed to have been incurred for the purpose of business or profession and no deduction or allowance shall be made in respect of such expenditure. Therefore , the following expenditures are disallowable as deduction :

1.         Expenses incurred in defending the assessee in any proceeding for breach of any law relating to Sales Tax, Income Tax etc. (However, penalty or damages paid for breach of contract is allowed as deduction)

2.         Penalty paid for non-payment of Sales Tax, Excise, Custom etc. within prescribed time. (However, damage or penalty paid for infringement of law is not allowed as deduction).

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