The Hon’ble AAR, Uttar Pradesh in the matter of M/S. Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited [Order No. 52, dated January 22, 2020] held that expenses incurred towards Corporate Social Responsibility ( “CSR” ) by the Company in order to comply with requirements under the Companies Act, 2013 ( “Companies Act” ) qualify as being incurred in the course of business and therefore, eligible for Input Tax Credit ( “ITC” ) in terms of the Section 16 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 ( “CGST Act” ).
Question: Whether expenses incurred by the company in order to comply with requirements of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) under the Companies Act, 2013 (‘CSR Expenses’) qualify as being incurred in the course of business and eligible for input tax credit (‘ITC’) in terms of Section 16 of the CGST Act, 2017?
Ruling by AAR: Yes.