INCOME-TAX (Xth AMENDMENT) RULES, 2012 - INSERTION OF RULES 10F, 10G, 10H, 10-I, 10-J, 10K, 10L, 10M, 10N, 10-O, 10P, 10Q, 10R, 10S, 10T & 44GA
[NOTIFICATION NO. 36/2012 [F.NO.133/5/2012-SO (TPL)]/SO 2005(E), DATED 30-8-2012
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (9) of section 92CC read with section 295 of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (43 of 1961), the Central Board of Direct Taxes hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Income-tax Rules, 1962, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Income-tax (10th Amendment) Rules, 2012.
(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official Gazette.
2. In the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (hereafter referred to as the principal rules), -
(a) after rule 10E, the following rule shall be inserted, namely.-
"ADVANCE PRICING AGREEMENT SCHEME"
10F. Meaning of expressions used in matters in respect of advance pricing agreement.—For the purposes of this rule and rules 10G to 10-I,-
(a) 'agreement' means an advance pricing agreement entered into between the Board and the applicant, with the approval of the Central Government, as referred to in sub-section (1) of section 92CC of the Act;
(b) "application" means an application for advance pricing agreement made under rule 10T;
(c) "bilateral agreement" means an agreement between the Board and the applicant, subsequent to, and based on, any agreement referred to in rule 44GA between the competent authority in India with the competent authority in the other country regarding the most appropriate transfer pricing method or the arms' length price;
(d) "competent authority in India" means an officer authorised by the Central Government for the purpose of discharging the functions as such for matters in respect of any agreement entered into under section 90 or 90A of the Act;
(e) "covered transaction" means the international transaction or transactions for which agreement has been entered into;
(f) "critical assumptions" means the factors and assumptions that are so critical and significant that neither party entering into an agreement will continue to be bound by the agreement, if any of the factors or assumptions is changed;
(g) "most appropriate transfer pricing method" means any of the transfer pricing method, referred to in sub-section (1) of section 92C of the Act, being the most appropriate method, having regard to the nature of transaction or class of transaction or class of associated persons or function performed by such persons or such other relevant factors prescribed by the Board under rules 10B and 10C;
(h) "multilateral agreement" means an agreement between the Board and the applicant, subsequent to, and based on, any agreement referred to in rule 44GA between the competent authority in India with the competent authorities in the other countries regarding the most appropriate transfer pricing method or the arms' length price;
(i) "tax treaty" means an agreement under section 90, or section 90A, of the Act for the avoidance of double taxation;
(j) "team" means advance pricing agreement team consisting of income-tax authorities as constituted by the Board and including such number of experts in economics, statistics, law or any other field as may be nominated by the Director General of Income-tax (International Taxation);
(k) "unilateral agreement" means an agreement between the Board and the applicant which is neither a bilateral nor multilateral agreement.
10G. Persons eligible to apply.—Any person who-
(i) has undertaken an international transaction; or
(ii) is contemplating to undertake an international transaction,
shall be eligible to enter into an agreement under these rules.
10H. Pre-filing Consultation.—(1) Every person proposing to enter into an agreement under these rules shall, by an application in writing, make a request for a pre-filing consultation.
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