I-T deduction for heart surgery
I read the following article in Business Standard of 2nd June 2011.
PALAK SHAH Mumbai, 1 June
EMINENT lawyer Shanti Bhushan, who is making headlines as member of the Lok Pal Bill drafting committee, is also busy in something really close to his heart. He has decided to move the Supreme Court seeking income tax deduction for expenses incurred on heart surgery. “Monetarily, the impact of the high court order will be negligible. I file a return for some`10-15 crore annually and minor surgery costs will not affect me. But I would take the matter to the apex court for my principles.” Dismissing his plea, the high court noted that “if the heart were to be considered a‘plant’, it would necessarily mean that it is an asset which should have found a mention in the assessee’s balance sheet.
SHANTI BHUSHAN: The heart is a “plant” and the expenditure has been incurred on “current repairs”.
Bhushan’s claim is based on the grounds that the heart is a “plant” and the expenditure has been incurred on “current repairs”. He also claimed that his professional receipts rose substantially after the operation and the expenditure was “wholly & exclusively” for his profession and deductible under Section 37(1) of the I-T Act.
This was not done and cannot be done as the ‘cost of acquisition’ of such an asset cannot be determined, and, even if the widest meaning to the word ‘plant’ is given, the heart does not satisfy the ‘functionality’ test, because while the heart is necessary for survival, it does not mean it is used as a ‘tool’ for trade or professional activity.”
The issue made me recall some quotes related to the human body,the heart etc etc.Here they are….
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ~Buddha
Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. ~Astrid Alauda
The human body is a machine which winds its own springs. ~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie.
The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health
Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. ~William Shakespeare
The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stew pan and the whole fixed upon stilts. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks
If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong. ~Thomas Jefferson
Hormones, vitamines, stimulants and depressives are oils upon the creaky machinery of life. Principal item, however, is the machinery. ~Martin H.Fischer
Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart? ~Pablo Casals
What fools indeed we morals are
To lavish care upon a Car,
With ne’er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery! ~John Kendrick Bangs
The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. ~Hermann M. Biggs
You know the definition of the perfectly designed machine…. The perfectly designed machine is one in which all its working parts wear out simultaneously. I am that machine. ~Frederick Alexander Lindemann
A human being is an ingenious assembly of portable plumbing. ~Christopher Morley
Your heart knows not how to lie. It is great that it lays deep in your chest and not in your mouth. ~Kak Sri
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.- George Bernard Shaw
The issue also made me think of some of my favourite old,not so old, Bollywood songs on the subject of Heart (called Dil in Hindi ) at random.
Here is a list.ENJOY…..
1.Yeh dil naan hota bechaaraa, kadam naan hotey aawaaraa,jo khoobasurat koee apanaa, humasafar hotaa….(Jewel Thief-1967)
2.Dil Vil Pyar Vyar , Maein Kya Jaanu Re,Jaanu To Jaanu Bas Itna ,Ki Maein Tujhe Apna Jaanu Re…(Shagird-1967)
3.Aa jaa rey,ab mera dil pukara,ro ro key gham bhi haara…(Aah-1953)
4.Aye dil mujhey bata dey,tu kis pey aa gaya hai…..(Bhai Bhai-1956)
5.Aye merey dil kahin aur chal,gum ki duniyan sey dil bharr gaya…(Daag-1952)
6.Bekraar-e-dil,too gaayey jaa….(Door ka Rahi-1971)
7.Chura liya hain tum nein jo dil ko…..(Yaadon Ki Baraat,1973)
8.Dil apna aur preet parayi,kis nein hai yeh reet banayee….(Dil Apna Preet Parai-1960)
9.Dil aisa kisi nein mera todaa.barbadi ki taraf aisa moda…(Amanush-1975)
10.Dil ka khilona hai toot gaya…(Shehnai-1959)
11.Dil key armaan aansuon mein beh gaye….(Nikaah-1982)
12.Dil key jharokhey mein tujh ko bitha karr….(Brahmchaari-1968)
13.Dil key tukdey tukdey karr key muskura key chal deeye…(Dada-1979)
14.Dil cheez kya hai,aap meri jaan lijiey…..(Umrao Jaan-1989)
15.Dil tadap tadap key keh raha hai,aa bhi jaa….(Madhumati-1958)
16.Dil tau pagal hai,dil deewaana hai….(Dil Tau Pagal Hai-1997)
17.Dil diwaana,bin sajnaa key,maaney naan….(Mainey Pyaar Kiya-1989)
18.Ek pardesi mera dil ley gaya,jaatey jaatey,meetha meetha gham dey gaya..(Fagun-1958)
19.Hai apna dil tau awara,naan jaaney kis pey aaey ga….(Solhvaan Saal-1958)
20.Merey tootey huey dil sey, koi tau aaj yeh poochchey….(Chhaliya-1960)
Well I can go on and on,but my heart wants a break here….I shall wait for your hearty responses,dil waalo….