M/s. The Siddapur Taluka Agricultural Produce Co-Operative Marketing Society Limited, Siddapur v. Income Tax Officer, Ward - 1, Sirsi

ITA 1292/BANG/2019 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 20-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 129221114 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN AADAS8652G
Bench Bangalore
Appeal Number ITA 1292/BANG/2019
Duration Of Justice 5 month(s) 13 day(s)
Appellant M/s. The Siddapur Taluka Agricultural Produce Co-Operative Marketing Society Limited, Siddapur
Respondent Income Tax Officer, Ward - 1, Sirsi
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 20-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted A
Tribunal Order Date 20-11-2019
Date Of Final Hearing 13-11-2019
Next Hearing Date 13-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 02-07-2019
First Hearing Date 28-10-2019
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 06-06-2019
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL SMC - A BENCH : BANGALORE BEFORE SHRI N. V. VASUDEVAN VICE PRESIDENT ITA NO S . 1 292 AND 1293 /BANG/20 1 9 ASSESSMENT YEAR S : 201 0 - 1 1 AND 2012 - 13 M/S. SIDDAPUR TALUKA AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE CO-OPERATIVE MARKETING SOCIETY LTD. SIDDAPUR 581 355 DIST. UTTARA KANNADA. PAN : AA DAS 8652 G VS. INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 1 SIRSI. APPELLANT RESPONDENT ASSESSEEBY : SHRI. PRANAV KRISHNA AND SHRI. S. V. RAVI SHANKAR ADVOCATES REVENUE BY : SHRI. GANESH R. GHALI ADVOCATE STANDING COUNSEL TO DEPARTMENT DATE OF HEARING : 1 3 . 1 1 .201 9 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 20 . 1 1 .201 9 O R D E R THESE ARE APPEALS BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST TWO ORDERS BOTH DATED 28.03.2019 AND 27.03.2019 BY CIT(A) HUBBALLI RELATING TO ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010-11 AND 2012-13 RESPECTIVELY. 2. THE ONLY ISSUE THAT ARISES FOR CONSIDERATION IN THESE APPEALS IS AS TO WHETHER THE REVENUE AUTHORITIES WERE JUSTIFIED IN NOT ALLOWING THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE FOR DEDUCTION OF A SUM OF RS.11 46 531/- AND RS.16 50 130/- IN ASSESSMENT YEARS 2010-11 AND 2012-13 RESPECTIVELY WHICH WAS A DEDUCTION CLAIMED UNDER SECTION 80P(2)(D) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (ACT). UNDER SECTION 80P(2)(D) OF THE ACT A DEDUCTION IS ALLOWED FROM THE INCOME OF A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY IN ITA NOS.1292 AND 1293/BANG/2019 PAGE 2 OF 4 RESPECT OF INCOME BY WAY OF INTEREST AND DIVIDEND DERIVED FROM INVESTMENT WITH OTHER CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES. THE AO DENIED THE BENEFIT OF DEDUCTION FOR THE REASON THAT THE INTEREST INCOME AND DIVIDEND INCOME WHICH WAS CLAIMED AS EXEMPT BY THE ASSESSEE WAS RECEIVED FROM KARNATAKA DISTRICT CENTRAL CO- OPERATIVE BANK (KDCC) AND SINCE KDCC CANNOT BE CONSIDERED AS A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY THE DEDUCTION WAS DENIED BY THE AO. ON APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE THE CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE ORDER OF THE AO FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:- 5.SECTION 80P(2)(D) OF THE I.T ACT 1961 PROVIDES FOR DEDUCTION OF INCOME EARNED BY A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY FROM CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES NOT BEING COOPERATIVE BANKS SCHEDULED BANKS AND PRIVATE BANKS BASED ON THE PRINCIPLES OF MUTUALITY. THE HON'BLE HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA DHARWAD BENCH VIDE ORDER NO. ITA.100066/2016 DT.16.06.2017 IN THE IN THE CASE OF THE TOTAGAR CO-OPERATIVE SALE SOCIETY SIRSI HELD THAT INTEREST INCOME DERIVED ON DEPOSITS FROM CO-OPERATIVE BANKS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80P(2)(D) OF THE I.T. ACT 1961. THE HON'BLE APEX COURT IN THE CASES OF THE CITIZEN CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD. VS. ACTT IN APPEAL NO.10245 OF 2017 DT.08.08.2017 & M/S. TOTGARS' CO-OPERATIVE SALE SOCIETY LTD. VS. ITO IN APPEAL NO.1622 OF 2010 RESTRICTED A CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY'S RIGHT TO CLAIM DEDUCTION ON INCOME U/S.80P(2)(A) TO INTEREST INCOME EARNED BY THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY FROM ITS REGULAR MEMBERS ON THE PRINCIPLE OF MUTUALITY. 6. THE HON'BLE JURISDICTIONAL HIGH COURT OF KARNATAKA IN ITS JUDGEMENT IN THE CASE OF TUMKUR MERCHANTS SOUHARDA CREDIT CO- OPERATIVE LTD. VS ITOIN I.T.A.NO.307 OF 2014 DT.28.10.2014 DEALT AT LENGTH ON THE INTEREST EARNED THAT IS 'ATTRIBUTABLE' TO THE BUSINESS OF THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY OF RENDERING CREDIT FACILITIES AS FOLLOWS : '.... 10.IN THE INSTANT CASE THE AMOUNT WHICH WAS INVESTED IN BANKS TO EARN INTEREST WAS NOT AN AMOUNT DUE TO ANY MEMBER. IT WAS NOT LIABILITY. IT WAS NOT SHOWN AS LIABILITY IN THEIR ACCOUNT. IN FACT THIS AMOUNT WHICH IS IN THE NATURE OF PROFITS AND GAINS WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED BY THE ASSESSEE FOR LENDING MONEY TO THE MEMBERS AS THERE WAS NO TAKERS....'' 7. THE ASSESSEE FAILED TO PRODUCE A CASH FLOW STATEMENT ETC SHOWING SOURCES OF FUNDS OR DETAILS OF DEPOSITS / INVESTMENTS IN ITA NOS.1292 AND 1293/BANG/2019 PAGE 3 OF 4 BANKS OTHER THAN COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES AND THE INTEREST ACCRUED & EARNED ON THE SAME. THE ASSESSEE HAD FAILED TO SUBMIT THE RATE OF INTEREST EARNED ON DEPOSITS AND THE AMOUNT BALANCE/DATES CONCERNED. THE ASSESSEE FAILED TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS ON ITS CLAIM FOR DEDUCTION U/S.80G OR DETAILS OF 154 APPLICATION FILED. 3. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDERS OF THE CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEALS BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 4. I HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSION AND PERUSED THE STAND TAKEN BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE CIT(A). THE ASSESSEE HAS TAKEN A SPECIFIC STAND THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A SOCIETY REGISTERED UNDER THE CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETIES ACT 1959 AND THEREFORE THE DEDUCTION UNDER SECTION 80P(2)(D) OF THE ACT OUGHT NOT TO HAVE BEEN DENIED TO THE ASSESSEE. ANOTHER ASPECT WHICH WAS ARGUED WAS THAT TO THE EXTENT INTEREST INCOME IS RELATABLE TO INVESTMENT THE DEDUCTION SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN PROPORTIONATELY. ANOTHER ARGUMENT WAS THAT ALTERNATIVELY THE INCOME SHOULD BE REGARDED AS ELIGIBLE FOR DEDUCTION UNDER SECTION 80P(2)(D) OF THE ACT BECAUSE IT IS THE ONLY FUNDS RECEIVED FROM THE MEMBERS WHICH ARE NOT IMMEDIATELY REQUIRED OR SURPLUS FUNDS GENERATED IN THE PAST THAT ARE INVESTED AND THEREFORE SUCH INTEREST INCOME SHOULD ALSO BE REGARDED AS INCOME DERIVED FROM THE BUSINESS OF THE ASSESSEE. THE LEARNED DR RELIED ON THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A). 5. I HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS. IN IDENTICAL SITUATION THIS TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF BHARATI CREDIT CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY VS. ITO IN ITA 1023/BANG/2019 REMANDED THE ISSUE TO THE AO FOR FRESH CONSIDERATION. I AM OF THE VIEW THAT ALL THE ISSUES RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE HAVE NOT BEEN ADJUDICATED IN THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE BY THE REVENUE AUTHORITIES. I THEREFORE SET ASIDE THE ORDERS OF THE CIT(A) AND REMAND THE ISSUE TO THE AO FOR FRESH CONSIDERATION WITH A LIBERTY TO THE ASSESSEE TO THE ASSESSEE TO SHOW AS TO HOW THE FUNDS THAT WERE INVESTED WITH KDCC HAVE TO BE REGARDED AS INVESTMENTS AND ALSO LIBERTY TO SUBSTANTIATE ITS CLAIM FOR DEDUCTION UNDER SECTION 80P(2)(A)(I) OF THE ACT. I THEREFORE ALLOW BOTH THESE APPEALS FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ITA NOS.1292 AND 1293/BANG/2019 PAGE 4 OF 4 6. IN THE RESULT THE APPEALS BY THE ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON THIS 20 TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2019. SD / - SD SD / - (B. R. BASKARAN) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER (N. V. VASUDEVAN) VICE PRESIDENT BANGALORE. DATED: 20 TH NOVEMBER 2019. /NS/* COPY TO: 1. APPELLANTS 2. RESPONDENT 3. CIT 4. CIT(A) 5. DR 6. GUARD FILE BY ORDER ASSISTANT REGISTRAR ITAT BANGALORE.