CBDT Clarification: POEM Guidelines shall not apply to a Company having Turnover or Gross Receipts of Rs. 50 crores or less in a financial year. [Circular No. 08/2017, Dated: February 23, 2017]
The concept of Place of Effective Management (POEM) for deciding the residential status of a company, other than an Indian company, was introduced by the Finance Act, 2015. The existing provision of clause (ii) of sub section (3) of section 6 of the income-tax, 1961 (the Act) shall come into effect from 1st April, 2017 and accordingly, applies to Assessment Year 2017-18 and subsequent years. Guiding Principles for determining POEM of a company were issued by Circular No. 6 of 2017 on 24th January, 2017. Press Release on POEM guidelines dated 24th January, 2017 has, inter alia, stated that the POEM guidelines shall not apply to a company having turnover or gross receipts of Rs. 50 crores or less in a financial year.
2. In view of above, it is clarified that existing provision of clause (ii) of sub section (3) of section 6 of the Act, shall not apply to a company having turnover of gross receipts of Rs. 50 crores or less in a financial year. [F.No. 142/11/2015-TPL]