Sabina Muyeenuddin, CHENNAI v. JCIT, CHENNAI

ITA 1040/CHNY/2016 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 28-10-2016 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 104021714 RSA 2016
Assessee PAN AOMPS6663K
Bench Chennai
Appeal Number ITA 1040/CHNY/2016
Duration Of Justice 6 month(s) 9 day(s)
Appellant Sabina Muyeenuddin, CHENNAI
Respondent JCIT, CHENNAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-10-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted B
Tribunal Order Date 28-10-2016
Date Of Final Hearing 13-10-2016
Next Hearing Date 13-10-2016
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 18-04-2016
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL B BENCH : CHENNAI . . . !' . #$#% & '' ( [ BEFORE SHRI N.R.S. GANESAN JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI ABRAHAM P. GEORGE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ] ./ I.T.A. NO.1040/MDS/ 2016 / ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2010-2011 SABIBNA MUYEENUDDIN NO.10 CASUARINAS DRIVE NEELANGARAI CHENNAI 600 115. [ PAN AOMPS 6663K ] VS. THE JOINT COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX BUSINESS RANGE V CHENNAI. ( )* / APPELLANT) ( + )* /RESPONDENT) / APPELLANT BY : SHRI. T. BANUSEKAR C.A. /RESPONDENT BY : SHRI. SURPRIYO P AL IRS JCIT. / DATE OF HEARING : 13 - 10 - 2016 ! / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28 - 10 - 2016 / O R D E R PER ABRAHAM P. GEORGE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ASSESSEE IN THIS APPEAL ASSAILS A LEVY OF PENALTY OF RS.74 40 000/- UNDER SECTION 271D OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT 1964 (IN SHORT THE ACT) FOR VIOLATION OF SECTION 269SS. 2. FACT PROPOS ARE THAT DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMEN T PROCEEDINGS FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010-2011 IT WAS N OTICED BY THE ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 2 -: ASSESSING OFFICER THAT ASSESSEE HAS TAKEN CASH LOAN S TOTALING RS.67 20 000/- FROM HER HUSBAND SHRI. P.K. MOHAMMED MUYEENUDDIN. THE CASH LOANS RECEIVED WERE IN TURN GIVEN BY THE ASSESSEE TO ONE M/S. SILICON VALLEY AUTO COMPONENTS (P) LTD AS LOAN THROUGH BANKING CHANNELS. ASSESSING OFFICER ISSUED NOTICE TO THE A SSESSEE SEEKING REASON WHY PENALTY U/S.271D SHOULD NOT BE LEVIED FO R VIOLATION OF SECTION 269SS OF THE ACT. REPLY OF THE ASSESSEE REA D AS UNDER:- '1. ACCORDING TO SEC.273B NO PENALTY SHELL BE IMPOSABLE U/S.271D ON THE PERSON OR THE ASSESSEE A S THE CASE MY BE FOR ANY FAILURE REFERRED TO IN THE SAID PROVISIONS IF HE PROVES THAT THERE WAS REASONABLE CAUSE FOR THE SAID FAILURE. 2. IN MY CASE IT WAS A GENUINE TRANSACTION AND IT WAS NOT IN DISPUTE NOR IT WAS THE CASE WHERE THE TRANSA CTION IS LACED WITH UNACCOUNTED INCOME. 3. THE AMOUNT RECEIVED BY WAY OF CASH FROM MY HUSBAND WAS IMMEDIATELY DEPOSITED BY ME IN MY BANK ACCOUNT ARID HAVE ISSUED A CHEQUE IN FAVOUR OF THE PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY NAMELY M/S. SILICON VALLEY AUTO COMPONENTS PVT. LTD IN WHICH MY HUSBAND IS A DIRECT OR AND SHAREHOLDER. HENCE IT IS CLEAR THAT IMMEDIATELY ON RECEIPT OF THE CASH FROM MY HUSBAND I HAVE DEPOSITED THE SAME IN THE BANKING CHANNEL AND HENCE I HAVE EXHIBITED A BONAFIDE INTENTION OF ACCOUNTING THE CASH THROUGH BANKING CHANNEL. 4. PURPOSE OF LOAN IS THE COMPANY WANTS FUNDS FOR WORKING CAPITAL. IN SVAC IF MY HUSBAND GIVES AS A UNSECURED LOANS TO THE COMPANY THE SAME CANNOT BE RETURNED BACK DUE TO PEGGING LETTER GIVEN TO THE COMPANY BY THE BANKERS. 5. THE ENTIRE TRANSACTION OF RECEIPT OF CASH FROM HUSBAND AND DEPOSITING THE SAME IN THE BANK ACCOUNT HELD BY ME HAS BEEN REFLECTED IN THE INCOME-TAX RETURNS FILED BY ME FOR THE A. Y.2010-11. THESE ARE ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 3 -: TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS I.E. BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE WHERE PROVISIONS OF SEC. 271D MAY NOT BE ATTRACTED'. LD. ASSESSING OFFICER DID NOT ACCEPT THE ABOVE EXPL ANATION. ACCORDING TO LD. ASSESSING OFFICER ASSESSEE WAS HAVING A BAN K ACCOUNT BUT SHE STILL TOOK THE LOAN IN CASH. FURTHER AS PER LD. AS SESSING OFFICER SHRI. MUYEENUDDIN COULD HAVE TRANSFERRED THE MONEY FROM H IS ACCOUNT TO HIS WIFE ACCOUNT EASILY. IN ANY CASE AS PER THE AS SESSING OFFICER THERE WAS NO EXEMPTION IN SECTION 269SS FOR ANY HUSBAND T O WIFE TRANSACTIONS. HE HELD THE ASSESSEE LIABLE FOR PENA LTY UNDER SECTION 271D OF THE ACT. RELIANCE WAS PLACED BY THE LD. ASS ESSING OFFICER ON THE DECISION OF CO-ORDINATE BENCH IN THE CASE OF BUILTEC ENGINEERS & BUILDERS VS. DICT (2013) 31 TAXMANN.COM 406. 3. ASSESSEES APPEAL BEFORE LD. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) DID NOT MEET WITH ANY SUCCESS. AS PER LD . COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) IT WAS NOT A SOLITARY TRANSACT ION AND ASSESSEE WAS NOT IGNORANT ALSO. FURTHER ACCORDING TO HIM G ENUINENESS OF THE TRANSACTION HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH SECTION 2689SS & 269T OF THE ACT. ACCORDING TO HIM NO REASONABLE CAUSE WAS SHOWN FOR ACCEPTING THE LOAN IN CASH. HE CONFIRMED THE LEVY OF PENALTY. 4. NOW BEFORE US THE LD. AUTHORISED REPRESENTATIVE TO OK A NUMBER OF LINES OF ARGUMENT. THESE COULD BE SUMMARI ZED AS UNDER:- ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 4 -: (I) IF SHRI. MUYEENUDDIN HAD DIRECTLY INTRODUCED THE M ONEY TO THE COMPANY WHERE HE WAS DIRECTOR HE COULD HAVE N EVER WITHDRAWN THE MONEY DUE TO CONDITIONS OF LOAN THE C OMPANY HAD AGREED WITH INDIAN BANK. (II) THE TRANSACTION BETWEEN HUSBAND AND WIFE CANNOT BE CONSIDERED AS LOAN. RELIANCE PLACED ON THE CASE OF MOHAMMED SALEEM VS ACIT (ITA NO.833/HYD/2008 DATED 20.11.2009 OF HYDERABAD BENCH ) (III) FAMILY TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN TWO ASSESSES IF DISCLOS ED IN ACCOUNTS THERE CAN BE NO PENALTY U/S.271D OF THE AC T. RELIANCE WAS PLACED ON THE JUDGMENT OF HONBLE P & H HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. SUNIL KUMAR GOEL (2009 ) 315 ITR 163 . (IV) THERE CAN BE NO PENALTY U/S.271D OF THE ACT ON GENU INE TRANSACTIONS. RELIANCE WAS PLACED ON JUDGMENT OF P& H HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. SPEEDWAY RUBBER (P) LTD (2010) 326 ITR 31 . (V) URGENT NECESSITY IS A REASONABLE CAUSE FOR LEVYING PENALTY. RELIANCE WAS PLACED ON THE JUDGMENTS OF JURISDICTIO NAL HIGH ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 5 -: COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. RATNA AGENCIES (2006) 284 ITR 609 AND CIT VS. M. YESODHA (2013) 351 ITR 265. 5. PER CONTRA THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE E S UPPORTED THE ORDER OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. 6. WE HAVE PERUSED THE ORDERS AND HEARD THE RIVAL CON TENTION. THERE IS NO DISPUTE THAT LOAN WAS TAKEN BY WIFE FRO M HUSBAND. NO DOUBT ON THE GENUINENESS OF THE TRANSACTION OR SOUR CE THE MONEY WAS EVER RAISED BY THE REVENUE. THE TRANSACTIONS WERE PROPERLY REFLECTED IN THE ACCOUNTS OF THE RESPECTIVE ASSESSES. ONLY C HINK IN THE ARMOUR IS THAT ASSESSEE AND HER HUSBAND BOTH HAD BANK ACCO UNTS STILL THE ASSESSEE CHOSE TO RECEIVE THE LOAN IN CASH. HOWEVE R THERE IS NO CASE FOR THE REVENUE THAT ASSESSEES HUSBAND HAD WITHDRA WN MONEY FROM HIS ACCOUNT PRIOR TO GIVING IT IN CASH TO THE ASS ESSEE. THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO SAVING OF TAX OR ANY OTHER PROBABLE MO TIVATING FACTOR TO DO SO. THE MONEY THAT WAS GIVEN WAS NOT OUT OF A NY IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWALS OF CASH BY THE ASSESSEES HUSBAND FROM LATTERS BANK ACCOUNT. DESPITE THIS THE REVENUE NEVER DOUBTED TH E SOURCE. IN SUCH A SITUATION WE ARE OF THE OPINION ASSESSEE CAN RELY ON SECTION 273B OF THE ACT AND SAY THAT THERE WAS A REASONABLE CAUSE F OR NOT LEVYING PENALTY. HONBLE JURISDICTIONAL HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF M. YESODHA (SUPRA) HAD HELD AS UNDER PARAS 10 TO 12 OF ITS JUD GMENT. ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 6 -: 10. THE CONTENTION OF THE REVENUE IS THAT THE AMOUN T RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE FROM HER FATHER-IN-LAW HAS TO BE TR EATED ONLY AS A LOAN AND IT IS A LOAN THEN THE ASSESSEE IS LIABL E TO PAY PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271D OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT. WHETHER I T IS A LOAN OR OTHER TRANSACTION STILL THE OTHER PROVISION NA MELY SECTION 273B OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT COMES TO THE RESCUE OF THE ASSESSEE IF SHE ABLE TO SHOW REASONABLE CAUSE FOR AVOIDING PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271D OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT. T HE TRIBUNAL HAS RIGHTLY FOUND THAT THE TRANSACTION BETWEEN THE DAUGHTER-IN- LAW AND THE FATHER-IN-LAW IS A REASONABLE TRANSACTI ON AND A GENUINE ONE OWING TO THE URGENT NECESSITY OF MONEY TO BE PAID TO THE SELLER. WE FIND THAT THIS WOULD AMOUNT TO RE ASONABLE CAUSE SHOWN BY THE ASSESSEE TO AVOID PENALTY UNDER SECTIO N 271D OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT. 11. REFERRING TO THE DECISION CIT V. KUNDRATHUR FIN ANCE AND CHIT CO. REPORTED IN [2006] 283 ITR 329 (MAD) THIS COUR T IN THE DECISION CIT V. LAKSHMI TRUST CO. REPORTED IN [2008 ] 303 ITR 99 (MAD) HELD AS FOLLOWS: 'IN THE INSTANT CASE THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX (APPEALS) AND THE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL FOUND ON THE FACTS THAT THE TRANSACTIONS WERE GENUINE AND THE IDENTITY OF THE LENDERS WAS ALSO SATISFIED. THE APPELLATE TRIBUNAL ALSO UPHELD THE ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX (APPEALS) THAT THERE WAS NO INTENTION ON THE PART OF THE ASSESSEE TO EVADE THE TAX. ONCE THE SAID FINDING AS TO THE GENUINENESS OF THE TRANSACTIONS IS ARRIVED AT BY THE TRIBUNAL ON THE FACTS FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF THIS COURT IN CIT V. RATNA AGENCIES [2006] 284 ITR 609 WHEREIN IT WAS HELD THAT THE FINDING RECORDED BY THE TRIBUNAL IN THIS REGARD IS A FINDING OF FACT AND NO QUESTION OF LAW MUCH LESS A SUBSTANTIAL QUESTION OF LAW WOULD ARISE WE DO NOT HAVE ANY HESITATION TO HOLD THAT IT MAY NOT BE PROPER FOR THIS COURT TO INTERFERE WITH SUCH A FINDING OF FACT .' 12. THE TRIBUNAL REFERRING TO THE DECISION OF THIS COURT CIT V. LAKSHMI TRUST CO. REPORTED IN [2008] 303 ITR 99 (MAD) HAS RIGHTLY ALLOWED THE APPEAL. WE DO NOT FI ND ANY ERROR OR INFIRMITY IN THE ORDER OF THE TRIBUNAL TO WARRANT INTERFERENCE. ACCORDINGLY THE SUBSTANTIAL QUESTION OF LAW IS ANSWERED IN FAVOUR OF THE ASSESS EE AND THIS TAX CASE (APPEAL) STANDS DISMISSED. NO COS TS. ITA NO.1040/MDS/2016 :- 7 -: THOUGH THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO SHOW THE URGENCY OF THE TRANSACTIONS AS SUCH IT COULD PLACE ON RECORD EVID ENCE TO SHOW THAT IF THE MONEY WAS DIRECTLY INTRODUCED BY HER HUSBAND WH O WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE COMPANY HE COULD NOT HAVE WITHDRAWN THE AMOUNT DUE TO RESTRICTION PLACED BY INDIAN BANK ON THE COMPAN Y. CONSIDERING THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WE ARE OF THE OPINION THAT LEVY OF PENALTY UNDER SECTION 271D OF THE ACT WAS NOT WARRANTED. S UCH LEVY IS DELETED. ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES ARE SET A SIDE. 7. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON FRIDAY THE 28TH DAY OCTOBER 2 016 AT CHENNAI. SD/- SD/- ( . . . ' ) (N.R.S. GANESAN) / JUDICIAL MEMBER ( !' . #$#% ) (ABRAHAM P. GEORGE) & / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER #$ / CHENNAI %& / DATED: 28TH OCTOBER 2016 KV &' ()*) / COPY TO: 1 . / APPELLANT 3. + ' / CIT(A) 5. )-. / / DR 2. / RESPONDENT 4. + / CIT 6. .01 / GF