Special provisions in the case of certain associations [Section 44A] :
This is a provision calculated to encourage the development activities carried on by the trade, professional and other associations other than those whose incomes are already exempted under section 10(23A). This section provides that where the expenditure incurred by an association solely for purposes of protection or advancement of the common interest of its members exceeds the amount collected by the association from the members whether by way of subscription or otherwise, the resulting deficiency shall be allowed as a deduction in computing the income of the association assessable under the head “profits and gains of business or profession”; if there is no such income, then, it will be allowed as a deduction in computing the income under any other head. However, only an amount up to 50% of total taxable income of the association can be set off against the deficiency aforementioned. In computing the taxable income of the association, effect must first be given to the allowances or losses brought forward under any other section of the Act. This section applies only to such associations which do not distribute their income amongst their members except in the form of grants to affiliated associations.
- William F. Buckley, Jr.
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