It any expenses is not covered under any other section of PGBP then it is allowed as deduction under this general section


Conditions to be fulfilled to claim deduction

(a) It should not be a capital expenditure (like Purchase of fixed assets )

(b) It should be incurred within the Financial Year  (Prepaid expenses not allowed)

(c) It should not be of personal nature (like drawings)

(d) It should be incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of  business

(e) It should not be Illegal Expense (like bribe)

 Not Covered in Any other Section

+Not Capital Exp

+ Not personal Exp

+ Not Illegal

+For Business

+Incurred in Financial Year 

=Deduction under Section 37


Deduction for CSR Expenditure

CSR means Corporate Social Responsibility Expenditure.i,e,expenditure on social work etc.

As per new Companies Act, Certain companies have to compulsorily incur such expense 

As per Section 37(1),this expenditure shall not be allowed as deduction as it is not incurred wholly and exclusively for the purpose of  business.

However if CSR expenditure is of nature Section 30-36,then deduction may be allowed under those sections subject to fulfillment of conditions mentioned in that section.


Example of expenditure not allowed as deduction under section 37(1)

(1) Fee paid to registrar for company incorporation / increase in capital etc.

(2) Penalty paid under any law

(3) Expenditure on dismantling of any asset

(4) Any bribe paid .


Example of expenditure A llowed as deduction

(1)Diwali expenses

(2)Mahurat/Inaugration expense

(3)Expenditure for the phone connection

(4)Professional tax paid by business

(5)Stock exchange annual membership fees

(6)Expenditure on raising loans

(7)Interest or penalty which is compensatory in nature



Proft and Loss of A Ltd
SALES 1500000
PROFIT 700000

Suppose 30000 expenses illegal

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Proft and Loss of A Ltd
SALES 150000
PROFIT 75000

Suppose 10000 worth of furniture purchased and included in above expenses.

Depreciation on Furniture is 10%

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Proft and Loss of A Ltd  
SALES 350000
PROFIT 200000

Suppose 4000 worth of  personal expenses paid through office, which is included in above expenses

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Proft and Loss of A Ltd  
SALES 200000
PROFIT 140000

suppose a penalty of Rs 9000 is levied because of violation of law which is included in above expenses

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CA Maninder Singh is a Chartered Accountant for the past 14 years. He also provides Accounts Tax GST Training in Delhi, Kerala and online.