The tribunal also addressed other transfer pricing issues in the case.
The taxpayer—involved in the manufacture, marketing, and service and repair of hermetically sealed compressors—entered into an international transaction, by agreeing to export certain components and assembly kits from its export-oriented manufacturing unit to a related party in the United States. The taxpayer also provided software services to another related party.
On its income tax returns for the years at issue, the taxpayer reported losses and/or zero income.
The taxpayer subsequently filed an amended return along with transfer pricing documentation and made a transfer pricing adjustment that, in turn, reduced the amount of the reported loss.
On referral, the Transfer Pricing Officer made transfer pricing adjustments, without considering the amended return. These adjustments were accepted by the Assessing Officer.
The tribunal, however, determined that the original return filed by the taxpayer could not be considered to be a valid return because it did not contain the statutorily prescribed transfer pricing documentation or the value of the international transactions.
The tribunal found that the amended return provide the required transfer pricing documentation and also declared a higher value for the international transactions. Accordingly, the tribunal concluded that the Transfer Pricing Officer could not ignore the transfer pricing adjustment reported in the amended return.
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