Section 44AE and Section 44AB deal with Presumptive Taxation of Business. Section 44AE deals with Presumptive Taxation of Business of plying, hiring or leasing goods carriages whereas Section 44AD deals with Presumptive Taxation of Other Business.
The following article deals with Section 44AE only and for Presumptive Taxation under Section 44AD, kindly refer this article – Section 44AD: Income of any Business presumed @ 8%.
Provisions of Section 44AE for Transporters
A taxpayer who owns not more than 10 Goods Carriage and is engaged in the business of plying, hiring or leasing of Goods Carriage, his income would be deemed to be Rs. 7500 per Goods Carriage per month.
Earlier this deemed income was lower than Rs. 7500 per goods carriage but has now been increased and was announced in the Budget 2014 which was announced by Arun Jaitley. Earlier, there was also a differentiation with respect to the type of Goods Carriage (Heavy Goods Carriage or Non-Heavy Goods Carriage), but this differentiation has also been removed from Financial Year 2014-15 onwards.
Other Provisions of Section 44AE
- Income Tax Return for deemed income @ 7500 per vehicle can be filed by any class of taxpayer (i.e. Individual/ HUF/ Partnership Firm/ LLP/ Company etc)
- From the deemed income computed @ Rs. 7500 per vehicle, the taxpayer would not be allowed to claim any expense or depreciation or similar other expense except the Salary and Interest on Capital paid to Partners of a Firm. In other words, only Salary and Interest Capital paid to Partners is allowed to be claimed as an expense.
- The provisions of Section 44AA and Section 44AB shall not apply for businesses showing income under section 44AE.
- The written down value of any asset used for the purpose of business whose income is taxable in any of the presumptive schemes shall be calculated as if the taxpayer has claimed and has been actually allowed the deduction for depreciation as per the rates prescribed under the Income Tax Rules for each of the relevant assessment years, for which the income is estimated under presumptive income schemes sections under Income Tax Act 1961.
- The provisions of Section 44AE are only applicable to taxpayers who are in the business of leasing/ plying or hiring of goods carriage and are not applicable to a taxpayer who has taken such vehicle on lease. In other words, the person who has given such vehicle on lease can disclose income under this section but a person who has taken such vehicle on lease cannot disclose income under this section.
- The taxpayer may disclose income higher than specified under this Section. However, in case a taxpayer discloses income lower than what has been specified in this section, he would be required to comply with the provisions of Section 44AA and Section 44AB.
Other Related Provisions applicable on Transporters
- If the Transporter furnishes his PAN Card, No TDS is required to be deducted on the amount paid to the Transporter.
- Under the existing provisions of the Income-tax Act, where a taxpayer incurs any expenditure, in respect of which payment in excess of Rs 20,000 is made otherwise than by an account payee cheque or account payee bank draft, such expenditure is not allowed as a deduction. Given the special circumstances of transport operators for incurring expenditure on long haul journeys, the limit of payment to such transport operators otherwise than by an account payee cheque or account payee bank draft has been increased to Rs 35,000/- from the existing limit of Rs 20,000/-