Speed Post News Network

New Delhi : The concept of Place of Effective Management (POEM) for deciding the residential status of a company was introduced by the Finance Act, 2015. It is effective from April 1, 2016 and accordingly shall apply from assessment year 2017-18 onwards.

The guidelines for determining the POEM has been uploaded on website of the Income-tax Department (www.incometaxindia.gov.in). The guidelines of POEM have been finalised after placing draft guidelines in public domain for seeking comments from stakeholders and general public and with extensive consultations thereafter.

The Final Guidelines on POEM contain some unique features. Active Business outside India (ABOI) test has been provided, so as not to cover companies outside India which are engaged in active business. The intent is not to target Indian Multi Nationals  engaged in business activity outside India. The intent is to target shell companies and companies created for retaining income outside India although real control and management of affairs is located in India. These guidelines are not intended to cover foreign companies or to tax their global income merely on the ground of presence of Permanent Establishment or Business connection in India, according to a PIB release.

Adequate administrative safeguards have been incorporated in the guidelines by mandating that the Assessing officer (AO), before initiating inquiry for POEM in a case of a taxpayer, will seek approval from Principal Commissioner of Income Tax/ Commissioner of Income-tax. The AO shall also obtain approval from Collegium of Principal Commissioners of Income-tax before holding that POEM of a non-resident company is in India. It has been decided that the POEM guidelines shall not apply to companies having turnover or gross receipts of Rs 50 crore or less in a financial year.

One thought on “CBDT issues guiding principles for determination of POEM of firms”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *