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2018 (6) TMI 1232 - AT - Income Tax
TPA - MAM selection - TPO proceeded to apply an indirect method i.e. TNMM as the MAM over the direct method RPM - Held that:- It is an admitted fact that in this case the assessee is merely purchasing and selling the products without adding any value to the core product. Further, Ld. TPO did not dispute the characterisation of the assessee as in the TP document and also accepted the functional profile of the assessee as a routine distributor. Ld. DRP, however, recorded that the assessee has incurred substantial AMP, and other expenses, in relation to its turnover, and is therefore, not a simple distributor in terms of the requirement of using RPM.
In respect of the observations of the Ld. DRP that the assessee has incurred substantial AMP, and other expenses, in relation to its turnover, and is therefore, not a simple distributor in terms of the requirement of using RPM, Ld. AR has rightly placed reliance on the decision reported in Nokia India Private Limited vs. DCIT [2014 (11) TMI 101 - ITAT DELHI] wherein it was held that the incurring of high advertisement and marketing expenses by the assessee vis-avis the other comparable companies does not in any manner affect the determination of ALP under the RPM
Thus the RPM is the most appropriate method in the facts and circumstances of this case and accordingly direct the Ld. TPO to adopt the RPM as the most appropriate method for benchmarking the international transaction. - Decided in favour of assessee.