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Tax Management with reference to –Repair, Replace, Renewal Or Renovation


The main tax consideration which one has to keep in mind is whether expenditure on repair, replacement or renewal is deductible as revenue expenditure u/s 30,31, or 37(1). It the expenditure is deductible as revenue expenditure under these sections, then cost of financing such expenditure is reduced to the extent of tax save.

On the other hand if such expenditure is not allowed as deduction u/s 30,31 or 37(1) then it may be capitalized and on the amount so capitalized depreciation is available if certain conditions are satisfied.

(B) Difference Between Revenue and Capital Expenditure

Capital Expenditure

Revenue Expenditure

Cost of acquisition and installment charges of a fixed asset is a capital expenditure.

Purchase price of a current asset for resale or manufacture is a revenue expenditure.

Expenditure incurred to free oneself from a capital liability is a capital expenditure.

Expenditure incurred to free oneself from a revenue liability is a revenue expenditure.

Expenditure incurred towards acquisition of a source of income is a capital expenditure.

Expenditure incurred towards an income is a revenue expenditure.

Expenditure incurred to increase the operating capacity of fixed assets is capital expenditure.

Expenditure incurred to maintain the fixed assets is a revenue expenditure

Expenditure incurred for obtaining capital by issue of shares is a capital expenditure

Expenditure incurred towards raising loans or issue of debentures is a revenue expenditure.


“Repair” implies the existence of a thing has malfunctioned and can be set right by effecting repairs which may involve replacement of some parts, thereby making the thing as efficient as it was before or close to it as possible. After repair the thing to which the repair was carried out continues to be available for use. Replacement is different from repair.

“Replacement” implies the removal or discarding of the things that was in use, by a different or new thing capable of performing the same function with the same or greater efficiency. The replacement of a section in a series of machines which are interconnected , in a segment of the production process which together form an integrated whole may in some circumstances , be regarded as amounting to repair when without such replacement that unit in that segment will not function. That logic cannot be extended to the entire manufacturing facility from the stage of  Raw Material to the delivery of the final finished product.

“Current Repair” implies the expenditure must have been incurred to ‘preserve and maintain’ an already existing asset and the object of the expenditure must not be to bring a new asset into existence of for obtaining a new advantage.

Shifting of Administrative Office :
Expenditure incurred for shifting the administrative office from one city to another city as a result of amalgamation of three companies having a number of activities in various centers is allowable as Revenue Expenditure.

Shifting of Head Office from one place to another is Capital Expenditure :
Where the assessee-company shifted its head office from one place to another place after it Board of Directors resolved that it would be commercially prudent to centralized  the Registered Office of the company in one place, in connection with the shifting , it incurred  huge expenses including a certain payment made to the lawyers, the expenses incurred on this account could not be on revenue account.

Expenditure of shifting of employees is Revenue Expenditure :
Expenditure incurred by assessee on shifting of employees to another place consequent on shifting of factory to another site due to labour unrest was allowable as Revenue Expenditure.

Decoration of reception / dining halls in Hotels is revenue expenditure :
Expenses incurred in putting up decorative mirrors in the wall, plaster molded roof, plywood panels, etc. in reception-cum dinning halls of a Hotel, in order to deep the place fir and attract customers, is deductible as revenue expenditure.

Expenditure on renovation an modernization of Hotel Premises is Revenue Expenditure :
Expenditure incurred solely for repairs and modernizing the Hotel and replacing the existing components of the building, furniture, and fittings, with a view to create a   conductive and beautiful atmosphere for the purpose of running of a business of a Hotel , will fall under the category of Revenue Expenditure only, and is hence deductible.

Expenditure on Wall to Wall Carpet for office is capital expenditure :
Expenditure on purchase of wall-to-wall carpet, for being used in the office, has nothing to do with the augmenting, preserving or protecting the turnover or profits of the business and hence it is in the nature of capital expenditure.

Repairs to building can be capital or revenue, depending on nature of change brought about :
So long as the repair does not bring into existence an additional advantages or benefit of an enduring nature or change the nature, character or the identity of the building itself, the expenditure must be regarded as a revenue expenditure. On the other hand, if it does, it will be in the nature of a Capital Expenditure.

Replacement of Assets as a whole is not ‘Repair’ :
Where substantial repairs are carried out in order to put to use an existing asset, the same could be termed as Revenue Expenditure. But where there is replacement ‘As a Whole’ , it amounts to reconstruction and not repairs. It is pertinent that the asset in its old form must continue to exist to say that the expenditure involved in improving the assets is Revenue Expenditure. Where effacement takes place and a new asset comes into being, then expenditure involved would become a Capital Expenditure.

Repairs for converting Godown into Administrative Office :
Where the assessee incurred expenditure on repairs to a godown used for business purpose so as to convert it into an Administrative Office, the expenditure was allowable as revenue expenditure, since the business asset has retained its character and only its use had changed, and the use at both points of time, i.e. before and after the expenditure was incurred, related to the business of the assessee without there being any addition to or expansion of the profit-making apparatus of the assessee.

Remodeling of furniture in retail outlet is revenue expenditure :
The expenditure incurred by the assessee company towards the remodeling of furniture in its various retails depots which was necessitated by changes in design, was deductible as revenue expenditure.

Repair and replacement of false ceiling in cinema building is revenue expenditure :
Expenditure on repair and replacement of false ceiling in cinema building owned by the assessee was allowable as revenue expenditure, since it was incurred for keeping the business running.

Replacement of electric wiring in cinema building is revenue expenditure, since it was incurred for keeping the business running.

Expenditure in repairs to car damaged during riots are deductible :
Expenditure to repair damage to car in which director of assessee-company was traveling to the business premises, was allowable as business expenditure.

> Tax Management in reference to Location & Nature of New Business
> Tax Management In Nature Of The New Business
> Tax Management with reference to -Deemed Dividend
> [ SEC. 2(22)(a) ] : Tax Management with reference to -Deemed Dividend- ( Any Distribution Entailing Release)
> [ SEC. 2(22)(b) ] : Any Distribution By Way Of Debenture Etc.
> [ SEC. 2(22)(e) ] : Payment By Way Of Advance Or Loan To Shareholders
> Tax Management with reference to –Lease or Buy Decisions
> Tax Management with reference to –Repair, Replace, Renewal Or Renovation
> Tax Management with reference to – ‘Make Or Buy’ Decisions
> [Sec.- 46] : Capital Gains on Distribution of Assets by Companies
> Tax Management in reference to-Sale of Scientific Research Asset
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