DY.CIT, Circle-3, Jaipur v. Smt. Saroj Sharma, Jaipur

ITA 1292/JPR/2019 | 2015-2016
Pronouncement Date: 24-03-2021 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 129223114 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN AFEPS7256R
Bench Jaipur
Appeal Number ITA 1292/JPR/2019
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 4 month(s) 2 day(s)
Appellant DY.CIT, Circle-3, Jaipur
Respondent Smt. Saroj Sharma, Jaipur
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 24-03-2021
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted B
Tribunal Order Date 24-03-2021
Last Hearing Date 30-12-2019
First Hearing Date 30-12-2019
Assessment Year 2015-2016
Appeal Filed On 22-11-2019
Judgment Text
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ROONI PAUL (ADDL.CIT) LQUOKBZ DH RKJH[K@ DATE OF HEARING : 08/02/2021 MN?KKS'K.KK DH RKJH[K @ DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 24/03/2021 . VKNS'K@ ORDER PER: SANDEEP GOSIAN J.M. THESE ARE THE APPEAL AND CROSS APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AND THE REVENUE ARISE AGAINST THE ORDER DATED 18/09/2019 OF LD. CIT (A)-I JAIPUR FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015-16. THE GROUNDS TAKEN BY THE ASSESSEE AND THE REVENUE READ AS UNDER: GROUNDS OF ASSESSEES APPEAL IN ITA NO. 1311/JP/2019 1. THAT ON LAW AND FACTS THE LD. CIT(A) HAS GROSSLY ERRED IN HOLDING THAT SALE OF RS. 2 40 02 905/- HAS BEEN ESTIMATED CORRECT BY THE LD. AO ON 2 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE. THE SALE WAS WRONGLY ESTIMATED ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE SINCE ASSESSEE HAS MAINTAINED REGULAR BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND NO DISCREPANCY IN MAINTAINING OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WAS POINTED OUT BY THE LD. AO. FURTHER BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WAS NOT REJECTED HENCE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES ESTIMATION OF SALE ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND THE ESTIMATION OF SALE ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE DESERVES TO BE QUASHED. 2. THAT ON LAW AND FACTS THE LD. CIT(A) HAS GROSSLY ERRED IN MAKING ADDITION OF RS. 34 22 814/- BY APPLYING NET PROFIT @ 14.26% ON ESTIMATED SALE OF RS. 2 40 02 905/-. THE ADDITION OF RS. 34 22 814/- IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND AGAINST THE FACTS ON RECORD AND ADDITION DESERVES TO BE QUASHED. 3. THAT THE ORDER OF THE LD. AO IS BAD IN LAW AND DESERVES TO BE QUASHED. 4. THAT THE APPELLANT RESERVES TO THE RIGHT TO ADD AMEND WITHDRAW OR ALTER ANY GROUND OF APPEAL BEFORE THE FINALIZATION OF SAID APPEAL. GROUNDS OF ASSESSEES APPEAL IN ITA NO. 1311/JP/2019 1. WHETHER ON THE FACTS AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE THE LD. CIT(A) WAS JUSTIFIED IN HOLDING THE INCOME RECEIVED ON LEASING OF LAND AND BUILDING TO BE ASSESSED UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AND CONSEQUENTLY ALLOWING THE DEDUCTION U/S 24 OF THE I.T. ACT 1961 IGNORING THE FACTS OF THE CASE THAT THE LAND IN QUESTION WAS ALLOTTED TO THE ASSESSEE ON CONCESSIONAL RATE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF PUBLIC INTEREST AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THERE WAS A PROHIBITION OF FURTHER RENTING IT PUBLIC INTEREST AND TERMS AND CONDITIONS. THERE WAS A PROHIBITION ON FURTHER RENTING IT OUT. 2. WHETHER ON THE FACTS AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE THE LD. CIT(A) WAS JUSTIFIED IN HOLDING THE INCOME RECEIVED ON LEASING OF LAND AND BUILDING UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AND CONSEQUENTLY ALLOWING THE DEDUCTION U/S 24 OF THE I.T. ACT 1961 IGNORING THE FACTS OF THE CASE THAT THE ASSESSEE FLOUTED ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NUMEROUS AUTHORITIES JUST TO REAP BENEFITS. AS PER THE NORMS OF ALLOTMENT THE TOTAL AREA TO BE SUBLET WAS NOT TO EXCEED 40% OF THE TOTAL BUILT UP AREA WHILE THE ASSESSEE HAD RENTED OUT AREA IS 47.57% OF TOTAL BUILT UP AREA. 3. WHETHER ON THE FACTS AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE THE LD. CIT(A) WAS JUSTIFIED IN HOLDING THAT ONLY NET PROFIT CAN BE TAXED IN CASE OF MISMATCH IN FIGURE OF TURNOVER AND BENEFIT OF EXPENDITURE IS TO BE GRANTED TO THE ASSESSEE WHEREAS ALL THE EXPENDITURE HAD ALREADY BEEN CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE IN P&L ACCOUNT AND NO ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURE WAS SHOWN TO HAVE INCURRED BY THE ASSESSEE. 3 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 2. THE HEARING OF THE APPEALS WAS CONCLUDED TROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCE IN VIEW OF THE PREVAILING SITUATION OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC. 3. FIRSTLY WE TAKE REVENUES APPEAL BEING ITA NO. 1292/JP/2019. IN THIS APPEAL GROUND NOS. 1 AND 2 RAISED BY THE REVENUE ARE INTERRELATED AND INTERCONNECTED AND RELATES TO CHALLENGING THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) IN HOLDING THE INCOME RECEIVED ON LEASING OF LAND AND BUILDING TO BE ASSESSED UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AND ALLOWING DEDUCTION U/S 24F OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (IN SHORT THE ACT). 4. THE LD DR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE REVENUE HAS RELIED UPON THE ORDER PASSED BY THE A.O. AND SUBMITTED THAT THE LD. CIT(A) HAS FELL IN ERROR IN HOLDING THE INCOME RECEIVED ON LEASING OF LAND AND BUILDING BY THE ASSESSEE TO BE ASSESSED UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AND ALLOWING DEDUCTION U/S 24 OF THE ACT BY IGNORING THE FACT OF THE CASE THAT THE LAND IN QUESTION WAS ALLOTTED TO THE ASSESSEE ON CONCESSIONAL RATE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSE OF PUBLIC INTEREST ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS. IT WAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT AS PER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE LETTER OF ALLOTMENT THERE WAS CLEAR PROHIBITION ON FURTHER RENTING IT OUT TO ANYBODY. SINCE ACCORDING TO THE LD. DR THE ASSESSEE HAD FLOUTED TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE ALLOTMENT THEREFORE NO RELIEF SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN BY THE LD. CIT(A) TO THE ASSESSEE. IT WAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT LD. CIT(A) IGNORED THE FACT THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD FLOUTED THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NUMEROUS AUTHORITIES JUST TO REAP BENEFITS. AS PER THE 4 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT LD. DR THE NORMS OF ALLOTMENT OF THE TOTAL AREA TO THE ASSESSEE WAS SUBJECT TO THE CONDITION THAT AT THE MOST THE ASSESSEE CAN SUBLET THE AREA NOT EXCEEDING 40% OF THE TOTAL BUILT UP AREA. WHEREAS ON THE CONTRARY THE ASSESSEE WHILE FLOUTING THOSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS RENTED OUT 47.57% OF THE TOTAL BUILT UP AREA. THE LD DR HAS ALSO RELIED UPON THE FINDINGS RECODED BY THE A.O. WHICH ARE REPRODUCED BELOW: 6. THE SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSEE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED CAREFULLY BUT THE SAME IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. VIDE NOTIFICATION NO. 3(63) 4D/3/2005 DATED 05/08/2007 OF THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT & HOUSING DEPARTMENT SUBLETTING OF THE PREMISES BY NEWS PAPERS WAS ALLOWED ON FULFILLMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS SUCH AS: (I) REGISTRATION OF NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE OLDER THAN 30 YEARS AND IS REGULARLY PUBLISHED IN RAJASTHAN WHICH IS NOT THE CASE WITH THIS NEWS PAPER. (II) THE TOTAL AREA SUBLET BY AN INSTITUTION WOULD NOT EXCEED 40% OF THE TOTAL BUILT-UP AREA VIDE SUBMISSION DATED 17/11/2017 THE ASSESSEE HAS RENTED OUT 46.4% OF THE TOTAL BUILT UP AREA THUS CLEARLY CONTRAVENING PROVISIONS OF ABOVE SAID NOTIFICATION. FURTHER THERE IS AN INCORRECT FIGURE IN CALCULATION OF 46.60% AS RENTED AREA TO FIITZEE LTD. IS WRONGLY TAKEN AT 20000 SQR.FEET IN PLACE OF CORRECT FIGURE 20500 SQR FEET AS PER THE LEASE DEED DATED 12/03/2010 THUS THE ACTUAL RENTED OUT AREA IS 47.57%. (III) INSTITUTION WILL BE REQUIRED TO SEEK PRIOR PERMISSION OF JDA/UIT FOR ANY TYPE OF SUBLETTING IT HAS BEEN OBSERVED NO PRIOR PERMISSION WAS SOUGHT. 5 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT THEREFORE FROM THE ABOVE DISCUSSION IT IS CLEAR THAT THE ASSESSEE FLOUTED ALL THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF NUMEROUS AUTHORITIES JUST TO REAP BENEFITS. THE INTENT OF LEGISLATURE WAS TOTALLY DEFEATED. HENCE INCOME RECEIVED FROM RENT CANNOT BE TREATED AS HOUSE PROPERTY INCOME IN THE INSTANT CASE. HENCE THE INCOME RECEIVED FROM RENT SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS HOUSE PROPERTY AND ADDED AS INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES. IT WAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT AS THE CONDITIONS OF CONCESSIONAL ALLOTMENT WAS FLOUTED BY THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE THE ASSESSEE WAS NOT ENTITLED FOR DEDUCTION @ 30% U/S 24A AND INTEREST EXPENSES U/S 24B OF THE ACT. 5. ON THE CONTRARY THE LD AR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE HAS REITERATED THE SAME ARGUMENTS AS WERE RAISED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) AND ALSO RELIED UPON THE FINDINGS RECORDED BY THE LD. CIT(A) WHILE DECIDING THESE ISSUES. THE LD AR ALSO RELIED UPON THE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS SUBMITTED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) AND THE SAME ARE MENTIONED IN PARA 3.1.1. OF HIS ORDER AND THE SAME ARE REPRODUCED BELOW: 3.1.1 SUBMISSIONS MADE BY THE APPELLANT: IT IS SUBMITTED AS UNDER: 1. THAT ASSESSEE IS PROPRIETOR OF M/S. SANDHYA JYOTI DARPAN AND DOING BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING DAILY NEWSPAPER UNDER THE NAME OF SANDHYA JYOTI DARPAN AND ALSO DOING JOBWORK OF PRINTING. FURTHER DURING THE YEAR UNDER ASSESSMENT ASSESSEE WAS ALSO HAVING INCOME FROM RENT. 6 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 2. THAT ASSESSMENT WAS FINALIZED U/S. 143(3) ON DATED 29.12.2017. ASSESSEE HAS DECLARED INCOME RS. 46 08 856/- WHILE LD. AO HAS ASSESSED INCOME OF RS. 3 19 46 8961-. THE LD. AO HAS MADE THE ADDITION AS UNDER: INCOME DECLARED BY ASSESSEE: 4608856.00 ADD: ADDITION DUE TO DISALLOWING STANDARD DEDUCTION U/S 24: 3335135.00 ADD: ADDITION IN TRADING RESULTS: 24002905.00 TOTAL ASSESSED INCOME: 31946896.00 . AS SUCH IN ASSESSMENT ORDER THE LD. AO HAS MADE ADDITION OF RS. 33 35 135/- BY DISALLOWING STANDARD DEDUCTION U/S. 24 ON RENTAL INCOME AND RS. 2 40 02 905/- IN TRADING RESULTS. 3. DURING THE COURSE OF FILING OF RETURN OF INCOME ASSESSEE FILED AUDITED TRADING ACCOUNT PROFIT & LOSS ACCOUNT AND BALANCE SHEET ALONGWITH ALL ANNEXURES AND AUDIT REPORT. FURTHER DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS PURCHASE AND SALE VOUCHERS AND EXPENSES VOUCHERS AND ALL RELEVANT RECORD WERE PRODUCED AND DULY EXAMINED BY THE LD. AO AND NO DISCREPANCY WAS POINT OUT BY THE LD. AO IN RESPECT OF MAINTENANCE OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS . FURTHER THE LD. AO HAS DULY ACCEPTED THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND ACTION U/S. 145 WAS NOT TAKEN BY THE LD. AO. AS SUCH BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WAS NOT REJECTED AS PROVIDED U/S. 145. 4. FURTHER SUBMITTED DUE TO INSTRUCTION NO. 8 OF 2017 DATED 29.09.2017 ISSUED BY CBDT FOR CONDUCTING ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE LD. AO VIDE LETTER NO. ITBA/COM/F/17/2017-18/1006681108(1) DATED 05.10.2017 HAS INFORMED THE ASSESSEE TO INTIMATE HER INTENTION TO PARTICIPATE IN ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS ELECTRONICALLY. THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED HIS INTENTION TO PASS THE ASSESSMENT ORDER ELECTRONICALLY. THE LD. AO IN SPITE OF REQUEST TO FINALIZED ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS ELECTRONICALLY HAS COMPLETED ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS MANUALLY AS SUCH THE LD. AO HAS NOT 7 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT FOLLOWED THE DIRECTION AS PER DIRECTION ISSUED BY CBDT. AS SUCH IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES ASSESSMENT ORDER HAS BEEN FINALIZED AGAINST THE DIRECTION OF CBDT AND ASSESSMENT ORDER DESERVED TO BE QUASHED. IN THE CASE OF SUNITA FINLEASE LTD. VS. DCIT (2008) 8 DTR 183 (BILASPUR ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'SCRUTINY OF THE CASE HAVING BEEN DONE IN VIOLATION OF CBDT INSTRUCTIONS NO. 9/2004 DATED 20 TH SEP. 2004 AO ERRED IN ASSUMING JURISDICTION AND COMPLETING THE ASSESSMENT UNDER S. 144'. 5. AS PER ASSESSMENT ORDER THE LD. AO HAS MADE THE ADDITION DUE TO FOLLOWING REASONS: (A) DISALLOWANCES OF STANDARD DEDUCTION U/S. 24 RS. 33 35 135/-: A) THE LAND WAS ALLOTTED BY JDA AT CONCESSIONAL RATE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES HENCE USE OF LAND FOR OTHER PURPOSES IS NOT ALLOWABLE. II) RENTAL INCOME WAS ASSESSED BY THE LD. AO UNDER THE HEAD OF 'INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES' WHILE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED RENTAL INCOME IN THE HEAD OF 'INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY'. HENCE FOR THE REASON STANDARD DEDUCTION ALLOWABLE U/S. 24 RS. 33 35 335/- WAS NOT ALLOWED. (B) ESTIMATION OF SALE AS PER CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE RS. 240 02 905/-: I) THE LD. AO ESTIMATED THE SALE OF NEWSPAPER AS PER CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE FILED WITH THE RNI. THE LD. AO HAS NOT REJECTED THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND NO DISCREPANCY WERE NOTICE. AS SUCH THE ADDITION IS UNJUSTIFIED. 6. SUBMISSION AGAINST ADDITION OF RS. 3335135/- : I) IN LEASE DEED ISSUED BY JDA IT IS NOWHERE MENTIONED THAT ASSESSEE IS NOT ENTITLED TO USE THE LAND FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSES EXCEPT PUBLISHING OF NEWSPAPER. 8 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT II) FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT LD. AO IN ASSESSMENT ORDER HAS RELY ON CLAUSE NUMBER 2 6 AND 10 OF JDA LEASE DEED WHICH AS PER ASSESSMENT ORDER EMPOWERED THE LD. AO TO TREAT THE INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AS INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES. IT IS SUBMITTED THAT THE CLAUSE NUMBER 2 6 AND 10 OF THE LEASE DEED ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO ASSESSEE SINCE ASSESSEE IS PROPRIETOR AND NOT THE SOCIETY AS MENTIONED IN LEASE DEED. III) FURTHER THE GOVT. OF RAJASTHAN DEPARTMENT OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT VIDE NOTIFICATION NO. 3(63) 4D/3/2005 DATED 05.08.2007 HAS ALLOWED THAT THE 40% AREA CAN BE GIVEN ON RENT BY OWNER. IV) PRIOR PERMISSION WAS GRANTED BY JDA TO LET OUT THE PROPERTY ON RENT. V) IN THE CASE OF HOTEL ARTI DELUXE VS. ACIT (2005) 97 TTJ 342 (LUCK.) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: ASSESSEE HAVING LET OUT A BUILDING SIMPLICITER TO A NURSING HOME THROUGH IT WAS CONSTRUCTED TO RUN A HOTEL THE RENT RECEIPT WAS ATTRIBUTABLE ONLY TO THE OWNERSHIP RIGHTS OF THE ASSESSEE AND WAS LIABLE TO BE ASSESSED UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY. IN THE CASE OF NEELAM CABLE MANUFACTURING CO. VS. ACIT (1997) 59 TTJ 476 (DELHI ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: RENTAL INCOME RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE FROM THE LEASING OUT OF FACTORY GODOWNS AND INDUSTRIAL SHEDS IS ASSESSABLE AS INCOME FROM PROPERTY AND NOT AS INCOME FROM BUSINESS. IN THE CASE OF NEW PARIS COMPLEX VS. ACIT (2004) 89 TTJ 684 (COCH.) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'SINCE THE ASSESSEE-FIRM WAS CARRYING ON THE BUSINESS OF CONSTRUCTING AND RUNNING SHOPPING COMPLEX-CUM-LODGING HOUSE AND NOT THE BUSINESS OF BANKING RENT RECEIVED BY IT BY LETTING OUT A FUNCTIONALLY INDEPENDENT PORTION OF A BUILDING TO A BANK WAS ASSESSABLE AS INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY'. 9 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT VI) AS SUCH LOOKING TO ABOVE FACTS THE LD. AO IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED TO TREAT THE INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AS INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES AND ALSO UNJUSTIFIED IN NOT ALLOWING STANDARD DEDUCTION U/S. 24 OF RS.3335135/-. 6. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND CAREFULLY PERUSED THE MATERIAL PLACED ON RECORD. AFTER APPRECIATING THE FACTS OF THE PRESENT CASE WE NOTICED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD GIVEN BUILDING AT 3A D.L. TOWER VIDHYA ASHRAM INSTITUTIONAL AREA JLN MARG JAIPUR ON LEASE TO FIITJEE ON A MONTHLY RENT OF RS. 6 29 207/-. THE ASSESSEE HAD DISCLOSED THE ABOVE INCOME UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AND ALSO CLAIMED INTEREST EXPENSES OF RS. 21 42 598/- U/S 24 OF THE ACT. FROM THE FACTS OF THE CASE WE FURTHER NOTICED THAT THE A.O. TREATED THE RENTAL INCOME RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE AS INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES BY HOLDING THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD FLOUTED THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ALLOTMENT AND HAD SUBLET MORE THAN AREA WHICH WAS PRESCRIBED BY THE RIICO AUTHORITY WITHOUT SEEKING PRIOR PERMISSION FROM THE JDA/UIT. WE FURTHER NOTICED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS PROPRIETOR OF M/S SANDHYA JYOTI DARPAN AND DOING BUSINESS OF PUBLISHING OF NEWSPAPER UNDER THE NAME AND STYLE OF SANDHA JYOTI DARPAN AND ALSO DOING THE JOB WORK OF PRINTING. SINCE THE ASSESSEE WAS OWNER OF THE ENTIRE PREMISES BUT OUT OF THE ENTIRE PREMISES SOME PART WAS RENTED OUT BY THE ASSESSEE TO THE TENANT AND ON ACCOUNT OF THE SAID TENANCY THE ASSESSEE WAS RECEIVING MONTHLY RENT OF RS. 6 29 207/- FROM FITJEE. IT IS AN ADMITTED FACT THAT THE RENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM AN INDEPENDENT PORTION OF THE BUILDING AND THE FUNCTION OF THE TENANT ARE 10 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT NOT RELATED WITH THE ASSESSEES BUSINESS AND THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF JDA NOWHERE MENTIONS THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT ENTITLED TO USE THE LAND FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE EXCEPT PUBLISHING OF NEWS PAPER. EVEN THE DEPARTMENT OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING GOVERNMENT OF RAJASTHANS NOTIFICATION NO. 3(63)/4D/3/2005 DATED 05/08/2007 HAS ALLOWED THAT 40% OF THE AREA CAN BE GIVEN ON RENT BY THE OWNER. HOWEVER IN THE PRESENT CASE THE ASSESSEE HAD GIVEN ON RENT THE AREA APPROXIMATELY 47.57% WHICH ACCORDING TO US IS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF THE SPECIFIC RANGE. THE BASIS REASON FOR TREATING SUCH INCOME AS INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES BY THE A.O. WAS THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT FULFILLED CERTAIN CONDITIONS AS DESIRED BY THE JDA ON THE BASIS OF WHICH THE LAND WAS ALLOTTED AT CONCESSIONAL RATE. 6.1 HOWEVER NOW THE QUESTION WHICH ARISES BEFORE US IS TO SEE AS TO WHETHER ON NON-FULFILLMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS UNDER OTHER ACT CAN LEAD TO CHANGE THE HEAD OF INCOME. WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT IT IS AN ESTABLISHED LAW UNDER THE INCOME TAX ACT THAT INCOME CAN BE CHARGED UNDER PARTICULAR HEAD OF INCOME ON FULFILLMENT OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS DEPENDING UPON THE NATURE OF INCOME. HOWEVER NON-FULFILLMENT OF CONDITION UNDER SOME OTHER ACT CANNOT IMPACT THE DECISION REGARDING CHARGING OF INCOME UNDER PARTICULAR HEAD OF INCOME AND IF SOME VIOLATIONS HAVE BEEN DONE BY THE ASSESSEE RELATED TO SOME OTHER ACT THEN IN THAT EVENTUALITY THE ACTION FOR SUCH VIOLATION CAN BE TAKEN UNDER THAT ACT ONLY. 11 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 6.2 SINCE IN THE PRESENT CASE THE A.O. HAS FAILED TO PIN POINT ANY VIOLATION OF ANY CONDITION REGARDING CHARGEABILITY OF INCOME UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY. THEREFORE IN OUR VIEW THE A.O. WAS NOT COMPETENT TO TREAT THE INCOME EARNED BY THE ASSESSEE FROM RENTALS TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES. MORE PARTICULARLY WHEN THE ASSESSEE HAD FULFILLED ALL BASIC CONDITIONS FOR TREATING THE INCOME UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AS ENUMERATED IN SECTION 22 OF THE ACT. WE HAVE ALSO METICULOUSLY GONE THROUGH THE ORDERS PASSED BY THE REVENUE AUTHORITIES AND WE FOUND THAT THE LD. CIT(A) WHILE DEALING WITH THESE AMOUNTS HAVE ELABORATELY DISCUSSED THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 22 OF THE ACT AND THE INGREDIENTS CONTAINED THEREIN FOR TREATING THE INCOME EARNED BY THE ASSESSEE BY GIVING PORTION OF THE PROPERTY ON RENT AND HAD RIGHTLY CONCLUDED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD CORRECTLY SHOWN THE SAID INCOME UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY AS THE ASSESSEE HAD FULFILLED ALL THE BASIS CONDITIONS OF SECTION 22 OF THE ACT FOR TREATING THE INCOME UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY THEREFORE IT WAS RIGHTLY HELD THAT THE ASSESSEE WAS ALSO ENTITLED FOR DEDUCTION U/S 24(A) AND 24(B) OF THE ACT. 6.3 NO NEW FACTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE US IN ORDER TO REBUT OR CONTROVERT THE FINDINGS SO RECODED BY THE LD. CIT(A). THEREFORE WE FIND NO REASONS TO INTERFERE INTO OR DEVIATE FROM THE FINDINGS RECORDED BY THE LD. CIT(A). HENCE THESE GROUNDS RAISED BY THE REVENUE STAND DISMISSED AND THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) QUA THESE ISSUES STAND AFFIRMED. 12 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 7. GROUND NO. 3 RAISED BY THE REVENUE AND GROUNDS NO. 1 AND 2 RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IN ITA NO. 1311/JP/2019 ARE INTERRELATED AND INTERCONNECTED THEREFORE WE THOUGHT IT FIT TO DISPOSE OFF THESE GROUNDS BY THIS CONSOLIDATED ORDER. 7.1 THE LD. DR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE REVENUE HAS RELIED UPON THE ORDER PASSED BY THE A.O. AND SUBMITTED THAT THE A.O. ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPER HAD CORRECTLY HELD THAT THE SALE HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY DISCLOSED BY THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE CONSIDERING THE DIFFERENCE IN SUCH FIGURES AND AFTER ALLOWING DISCOUNT OF 25% THE A.O. HAD RIGHTLY MADE ADDITION OF RS. 2 40 02 90/- BY OBSERVING AS UNDER: '7. THE ASSESSEE WAS ASKED TO SUBMIT THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE AS SUBMITTED IN REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPER SO AS TO ALL CERTAIN THE SALE. ON PERUSAL IT WAS SEEN THAT: PARTICULARS AY 2015 - 16 SALE AS PER SALE CERTIFICATE 6 65 10 000 DISCOUNT AS CLAIMED BY ASSESSEE 3 32 55 000 SALES AS PER BO OKS 2 58 79 595 CONCEALED SALES AS PER ASSESSEE 73 75 405 CONCEALED SALES AS PER BOOKS 4 06 30 405 [THE AO PASTED THE SCANNED IMAGE] THE DISCOUNT AS CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT BE VERIFIED BY THE ASSESSEE NEITHER HAS SHE CLAIMED IT AS AN EXPENSE NOR AS TDS BEEN DEDUCTED ON THE SAME. OUT RIGHTLY IT HAS BEEN MENTIONED THAT SALE AS PER CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE THE TOTAL ACTUAL SALES THERE ARE REQUIRED TO BE FILED FOR DETERMINING GOVERNMENT ADVERTISEMENTS RATES. SUCH AN ARGUMENT OF THE ASSESSEE IS SELF CONTRADICTORY AND NOT ACCEPTABLE. BY NO STRETCH OF IMAGINATION CAN ONE THINK OF GIVING A DISCOUNT OF 50% IN ANY BUSINESS. 13 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT ON FURTHER PERUSAL OF MARKET PRACTICES IT WAS GATHERED THAT A DISCOUNT OF AROUND 25-30% IS GIVEN TO HAWKERS AND DISTRIBUTORS. EVEN IF WE CONSIDER MAXIMUM DISCOUNT OF 25% IT COMES OUT TO BE RS.1 66 27 500/- STILL SALES ARE CONCEALED TO AN AMOUNT OF RS.2 40 02 905/- (4 98 82 500 - 2 40 02 905). THUS AMOUNT OF RS.2 40 02 905/- NEEDS TO BE ADDED BACK TO THE TOTAL INCOME. 8. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LD AR APPEARING ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE HAS REITERATED THE SAME ARGUMENTS AS WERE RAISED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) WHICH ARE CONTAINED AT PARA NO. 3.2.1 OF THE ORDER OF LD. CIT(A) AND THE SAME ARE REPRODUCED BELOW: 3.2.1 SUBMISSION MADE BY THE APPELLANT 7. SUBMISSION AGAINST ADDITION OF RS. 2 40 02 905/-: I) THAT THE TRADING RESULTS AS PER BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS ARE AS UNDER: PARTICULARS ASSTT. YEAR 2013-14 ASSTT. YEAR 2014-15 ASSTT. YEAR 2015-16 SALES 54 159 849.00 38 616 717.00 69 664 917.00 GROSS PROFIT 7 083 939.00 14 733 205.00 11 768 745.00 GROSS PROFIT RATE 18.34% 21.15% 21.73% NET PROFIT 52 40 717.00 1 00 10 234.0 0 77 23 674.00 NET PROFIT RATE 13.57% 14.37% 14.2% AS SUCH LOOKING TO ABOVE CHART GP RATE IN ASSESSMENT YEAR 2015- 2016 WAS BETTER IN COMPARISON TO LAST YEARS HENCE TRADING ADDITION IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED. 14 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT IN THE CASE OF ITO VS. HITESH KUMAR PANCHORI (2008) I DTR 17 (JD. ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'GP RATE BEING BETTER AT 11.08 PER CENT AS AGAINST 10.20 PER CENT IN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING YEAR NO FURTHER ADDITION CAN BE MADE IN THE DECLARED RESULTS EVEN WHEN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT ARE REJECTED'. IN THE CASE OF HARIDAS PARIKH VS. ITO (2008) 1 DTR 390 (JD. ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY DEFECT HAVING BEEN FOUND IN THE BOOKS THERE WAS NO VALID REASON FOR REJECTING THE BOOKS AND APPLYING A HIGHER GP RATE WHICH WAS EARNED BY ASSESSEE ON LAW SALES OF RS. 1.43 CRORE IN PRECEDING YEAR COMPARED TO HIGHER SALE OF RS. 1.54 CRORES IN THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION'. 8. DURING THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS ALONGWITH SALE AND PURCHASE VOUCHERS EXPENSES VOUCHERS AND OTHER RELEVANT RECORD WERE PRODUCED AND EXAMINED. FURTHER COPY OF AUDITED BALANCE SHEET TRADING ACCOUNT PROFIT & LOSS ACCOUNT AND AUDIT REPORT WERE ALSO FILED ALONGWITH RETURN OF INCOME. FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT NO DISCREPANCY WERE FOUND BY THE LD. AO IN REGARDING MAINTENANCE OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WERE NOT REJECTED AS PROVIDED U/S. 145. AS SUCH BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WAS DULY ACCEPTED BY THE LD. AO. IN THE CASE OF SARGAM CINEMA VS. CIT (2011) 241 CTR 179 (SC) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'ASSESSING AUTHORITY COULD NOT HAVE BEEN REFERRED THE MATTER TO THE DVO WITHOUT THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS BEING REJECTED AND THEREFORE RELIANCE PLACED ON THE REPORT OF THE DVO WAS MISCONCEIVED AND THE IMPUGNED JUDGMENT OF THE HIGH COURT IS SET ASIDE'. 15 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT IN THE CASE OF ACIT VS. GOVIND RAM KAKWANI 90 TTJ 981 (JABALPUR ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER:- 'NO TRADING ADDITION WAS WARRANTED AS THE ASSESSEE'S BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WERE NOT REJECTED AND PROVISO TO S. 145 WAS NOT APPLIED AND THE AO HAS ACCEPTED THE PURCHASE AND SALES'. IN THE CASE OF ITO VS. DR. KAILASH SHARMA & SONS (2004) 84 TTJ 955 (JD.) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'WHEN THE AO DID NOT POINT OUT ANY SPECIFIC MISTAKE IN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT AND DID NOT REJECT THE SAME BUT MADE ADDITION AND THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT CHALLENGING THE FINDING OF THE CIT(A) THAT THE PROVISION OF S. 145 COULD NOT BE INVOKED ADDITIONS CANNOT BE MADE ON ESTIMATE BASIS'. IN THE CASE OF SRI VENKATRAJU MODERN BOILED & RAW RICE MILL VS. ACIT (1997) 57 TTJ (HYD.) 493 IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'WITHOUT FIRST REJECTING BOOKS MAINTAINED BY ASSESSEE SHOWING COST OF CONSTRUCTION THE AO WAS NOT JUSTIFIED IN MAKING REFERENCE TO VALUATION CELL AND THEN ADDITION ON THAT BASIS UNDER S. 69'. IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. PRATAP SINGH AMROSH SINGH RAJENDRA SINGH (1993) 200 ITR 788 (RAJ. SC) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'IN RESPECT OF THE INVESTMENT WHICH IS MADE IN THE PROPERTY THERE CAN BE ONLY TWO METHODS TO FIND OUT THE CORRECT POSITION (ONE WHEN PROPER BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS ARE MAINTAINED AND TWO VALUATION REPORT). IF THE ASSESSEE HAS MAINTAINED PROPER BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND ALL DETAILS ARE MENTIONED IN SUCH BOOKS OF ACCOUNT WHICH ARE DULY SUPPORTED BY VOUCHERS AND NO DEFECT ARE POINTED OUT AND THE BOOKS ARE NOT REJECTED THE FIGURES SHOWN THEREIN HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED. THE VALUATION REPORT CAN BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION ONLY WHEN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT ARE NOT RELIABLE OR ARE NOT SUPPORTED BY PROPER VOUCHERS OR THE ITO IS OF THE OPINION THAT NO RELIANCE CAN BE PLACED ON SUCH BOOKS OF ACCOUNT. IT IS TO THAT THE /TO HAS NO OPTION BUT TO RELY ON 16 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT THE VALUATION REPORT WHICH IS A DOCUMENTS PREPARED BY AN EXPERT AND IS ADMISSIBLE BUT THERE MUST BE A FINDING BY THE /TO THAT THE BOOKS MAINTAINED BY ASSESSEE ARE DEFECTIVE OR NOT RELIABLE'. 9. THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE WITH RNI ON ESTIMATE BASIS AND ON HIGHER SIDE SINCE THE RATE OF ADVERTISEMENT IS DETERMINED AS PER SALE SHOWN IN CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE. AS SUCH TO OBTAINED HIGHER RATE OF ADVERTISEMENT FROM GOVERNMENT USUALLY IN CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE HIGHER FIGURE OF SALE ARE GIVEN THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE DID NOT SHOW THE REAL AND CORRECT POSITION OF SALE. HENCE NO RELIANCE SHOULD BE MADE ON CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE. FURTHER DURING ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS WERE PRODUCED AND DULY ACCEPTED. THE LD. AO HAS NOT POINT OUT ANY DISCREPANCY IN REGARDING MAINTENANCE OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. AS SUCH THE ADDITION MADE ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND DESERVES TO BE QUASHED. IN THE CASE OF ACIT VS. JYOTI WOOLEN MILLS (2009) 125 TTJ 810 (DELHI) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'ASSESSEE HAVING SHOWN HIGHER STOCK FOR OBTAINING CREDIT FACILITY FROM THE BANK AGAINST HYPOTHECATION OF STOCK AND THERE BEING NO EVIDENCE ON RECORD TO SHOWN THAT THE ASSESSEE WAS IN FACT POSSESSION OF HIGHER QUANTITY OF STOCK AS DECLARED TO THE BANK ADDITION COULD NOT BE MADE ON MERE COMPARISON OF THE STOCK DECLARED TO THE BANK AND THE ONE SHOWN IN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. IN THE CASE OF 1TR VS. DEVIDAYAL RICE MILLS (2002) 75 TTJ 24 (ASR.) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'WHERE THE STOCK STATEMENT SUBMITTED TO THE BANK WERE PREPARED ON ESTIMATE BASIS WHICH WERE ADMITTED INFLATED IN ORDER TO OBTAIN LARGER CREDIT AO WAS NOT JUSTIFIED IN MAKING ADDITION ON THE BASIS OF HIGHER VALUE SHOWN N THOSE STATEMENTS THAT THE STOCK DISCUSSED IN THE BOOKS 17 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT OF ACCOUNT PARTICULARLY WHEN NO APPARENT MISTAKE WAS NOTICED IN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT MAINTAINED BY THE ASSESSEE'. IN THE CASE OF TECHNICAL GLASS INDUSTRIES VS. ACIT (2004) 91 TTJ (AGRA) 561 IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'STOCK HYPOTHECATED TO BANK HAVING BEEN SHOWN ON MARE ESTIMATE BASIS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN OVERDRAFT FACILITIES WITHOUT ANY PHYSICAL VERIFICATION DIFFERENCE IN VALUE OF STOCK AS HYPOTHECATED TO THE BANK AND AS SHOWN IN BOOKS OF ASSESSEE COULD NOT BE MADE SUBJECT-MATTER OF ADDITION'. THE ASSESSEE HAS MAINTAINED REGULAR BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND BOOKS WERE DULY AUDITED. GP RATE WAS BETTER IN COMPARISON TO LAST YEARS. BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS DULY EXAMINED BY LD. AO AND NO DISCREPANCY WERE NOTICE BY LD. AO FURTHER BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS HAS NOT REJECTED HENCE ADDITION ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED. IN THE CASE OF ACIT VS. SHANKAR EXPORTS (2011) 64 DTR 409 (JPR.) (ITAT) IT HAS BEEN HELD AS UNDER: 'WHEN EACH AND EVERY DETAILS HAVE BEEN KEPT BY THE ASSESSEE REGULAR BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS ARE MAINTAINED AND NO DEFECT WAS FOUND BY THE AO MERE FALL IN GP RATE COULD NOT BEEN MADE BASIS FOR REJECTION OF BOOKS AND ADDITION'. 10. EVEN OTHERWISE THE LD. AO HAS TREATED THE ENTIRE SALE OF RS. 2 40 02 905/- AS INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE FROM UNDISCLOSED SOURCES. THE ACTION OF THE LD. AO IS TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED AND AGAINST THE ACT SINCE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES THE LD. AO IS BOUND TO MAKE THE ADDITION ON THE BASIS OF NET PROFIT RATE (NP RATE) DECLARED BY THE ASSESSEE WHICH IS 14.20% DURING THE YEAR UNDER APPEAL. 11. ORIGINAL DEMAND NOTICE IS ENCLOSED. 12. POWER OF ATTORNEY IS ENCLOSED. 18 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT AS SUCH LOOKING TO ABOVE FACTS YOUR HONOUR IS REQUESTED TO PLEASE ACCEPT THE APPEAL AS REQUESTED ABOVE & OBLIGE. 9. APART FROM THIS THE LD AR ALSO RELIED UPON THE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS FILED BEFORE US AND SUBMITTED THAT WHILE FILING THE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS THE N.P. RATE CHART WAS GIVEN AT PAGE NO. 19. HOWEVER DURING THE COURSE OF ARGUMENTS ANOTHER SEPARATE AND INDEPENDENT N.P. RATE CHART OF LAST FIVE YEARS WAS ALSO FILED AND IT WAS SUBMITTED THAT IN EARLIER CHART NET PROFIT WHICH WAS SHOWN INCLUDED THE RENT RECEIPTS HOWEVER IN THE PRESENT CHART THE RENT RECEIPTS HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED. IN THIS RESPECT IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. AR THAT RENTAL INCOME HAS SEPARATELY BEEN SHOWN UNDER THE SEPARATE HEAD IN COMPUTATION OF TOTAL INCOME WHICH IS AT PAGE NO. 2-3 OF THE PAPER BOOK AND TAX HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID. HENCE THE TOTAL INCOME OF BUSINESS SHOULD EXCLUDE RENTAL RECEIPTS 10. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS AND CAREFULLY PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. FROM PERUSAL OF THE RECORDS WE NOTICED THAT THE A.O. ON THE BASIS OF CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE REGISTRAR OF NEWSPAPER HAD HELD THAT THE SALES HAVE NOT BEEN PROPERLY DISCLOSED BY THE ASSESSEE THEREFORE WHILE CONSIDERING THE DIFFERENCE IN SUCH FIGURES AND AFTER ALLOWING DISCOUNT OF 25% MADE ADDITIONS OF RS. 2 40 02 905/- BY HOLDING THAT THE DISCOUNT AS CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT BE VERIFIED BY THE ASSESSEE AS THE ASSESSEE HAD NEITHER CLAIMED IT AS EXPENSES NOR TDS HAS BEEN DEDUCTED ON THE SAME. THEREFORE WHILE 19 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT CONSIDERING THE MAXIMUM DISCOUNT OF 25% HAD CONCLUDED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD CONCEALED THE SALES AMOUNTING TO RS. 2 40 02 905/- AND ADDED THE SAME TO THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE LD. AR THAT THE A.O. HAD ESTIMATED THE SALE FIGURES WITHOUT REJECTION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNT AND THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE FILED BEFORE RNI WAS ONLY ON ESTIMATION BASIS AND IS ON A HIGHER SIDE SO AS TO OBTAIN A BETTER RATE OF ADVERTISEMENT THEREFORE THE SAME SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE THE BASIS BY THE A.O. FOR MAKING ADDITIONS. IT WAS ALSO SUBMITTED BY LD AR THAT THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE DID NOT SHOW RIGHT AND CORRECT POSITION OF SALE AND IN ALTERNATIVE THE ASSESSEE ALSO CONTENDED THAT THE ENTIRE SALE OF RS. 2 40 02 905/- WAS WRONGLY TREATED AS INCOME BY THE A.O. AND IN THAT EVENTUALITY THE ADDITION AT THE MOST COULD HAVE BEEN MADE ON THE BASIS OF NET PROFIT RATE. 10.1 THE LD. CIT(A) AFTER CONSIDERING THE CONTENTIONS OF BOTH THE PARTIES HAD CORRECTLY HELD THAT THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE WAS PART AND PARCEL OF THE DOCUMENTS OF THE ASSESSEE RECORD THEREFORE THE SAME WAS RIGHTLY MADE AS BASIS FOR CALCULATING THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. HOWEVER THE ALTERNATIVE PLEA RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE GENUINE AND THEREFORE ONLY NET PROFIT DECLARED BY THE ASSESSEE @ 14.26% WAS CONSIDERED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADDITIONS. THE LD. CIT(A) AFTER CONSIDERING THE DECISIONS OF HONBLE MADHYA PRADESH HIGH COURT AS WELL AS HONBLE GUJARAT HIGH COURT HAD RIGHTLY CONCLUDED THAT ONLY NET PROFIT CAN BE TAXED IN CASE OF MISMATCH IN FIGURE OF TURNOVER AND BENEFIT OF EXPENDITURE IS TO BE GRANTED TO THE ASSESSEE. 20 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 11. WE HAVE ALSO CONSIDERED THE G.P./N.P. CHART SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS WHICH IS REPRODUCED BELOW: P ARTICULARS ASSTT. YEAR 2013-14 ASSTT. YEAR 2014-15 ASSTT. YEAR 2015-16 SALES 38 616 717.00 69 664 917.00 54 159 849.00 GROSS PROFIT 7 083 939.00 14 733 205.00 11 768 745.00 GROSS PROFIT RATE 18.34% 21.15% 21.73% NET PROFIT 52 40 717.00 1 00 1 0 234.00 77 23 674.00 NET PROFIT RATE 13.57% 14.37% 14.2% WE FOUND THAT THE N.P. ON DECLARED SALES WAS 14.26% DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION. THE SALES AS PER THE CIRCULATION CERTIFICATE WAS RS. 6 65 10 000/- WHILE THE SALES AS PER BOOKS WAS RS. 4 58 79 595/-. SINCE THE ASSESSEE HAD CLAIMED DISCOUNT ON SUCH @ 50% WHEREAS THE A.O. HAD ESTIMATED THE DISCOUNT @ 25% AMOUNTING TO RS. 1 66 27 500/- THEREFORE AFTER GIVING EFFECT OF THIS DISCOUNT THE A.O. HAD CORRECTLY COMPUTED UNRECORDED SALES OF RS. 2 40 02 905/-. SINCE THE A.O. HAD MADE ADDITIONS ON THE ENTIRE AMOUNT WHEREAS AS PER THE DECISION OF HONBLE MADHYA PRADESH HIGH COURT AS WELL AS GUJARAT HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS M/S BALCHAND AJIT KUMAR (2003) 263 ITR 610 MP) AND DCIT VS PANNA CORPORATION (2012) 074 DTR 0089 (GUJ) IT WAS HELD THAT ADDITION TO THE EXTENT OF NET PROFIT RATE CAN BE MADE IN CASE OF DIFFERENCE IN SALE FIGURES. THEREFORE TO THIS EXTENT WE AGREE WITH THE FINDINGS RECORDED BY THE LD. CIT(A) AND UPHOLD THE SAME. HOWEVER AS PER THE FACTS OF THE PRESENT CASE THE LD. CIT(A) HAD DIRECTED TO ADOPT N.P. RATE @ 14.26% DECLARED BY THE ASSESSEE HERSELF AND THE PROFIT ON SUCH DIFFERENCE IN SALES COMES TO RS. 21 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT 34 22 814/-. BUT DURING THE COURSE OF ARGUMENTS THE ASSESSEE HAD FURNISHED ANOTHER CHART FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS WHEREIN THE RENT RECEIPTS HAD BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE AND THE SAME IS REPRODUCED BELOW: PARTICULARS ASSTT. YEAR 2010-11 ASSTT.YEAR 2011-12 ASSTT. YEAR 2012-13 ASSTT. YEAR 2013-14 ASSTT. YEAR 2014-15 ASSTT. YEAR 2015-16 SALES 43 083 639.00 50 451 600.00 27 157 826.00 38 616 717.00 69 664 917.00 54 159 849.00 GROSS PROFIT 11 591 818.00 10 477 244.00 5 449 367.00 7 083 939.00 14 733 205.00 11 768 745.00 NET PROFIT (AS PER BOOKS) 573 741.00 2 443 190.00 3 960 187.00 5 240 717.00 10 010 234.00 7 723 674.00 LESS : RENT - 7 374 316.00 9 662 820.00 9 775 812.00 10 687 578.00 11 117 118.00 ADD: INTEREST ON LOAN AGAINST RENT - 1 624 506.00 1 738 320.00 1 154 096.00 683 252.00 130 728.00 573 741.00 (3 306 620.00) (3 964 313.00) (3 380 999.00) 5 908.00 (3 262 716.00) NET PROFIT RATE: 1.33% -6.55% -14.60% -8.76% 0.01% -6.02% ON PERUSAL OF THE ABOVE CHART AND THE PROFIT OF LOSS ACCOUNT AND COMPUTATION OF INCOME WHICH IS PART AND PARCEL OF THE PAPER BOOK WE FOUND THAT THE NP RATE CHART WHICH IS MENTIONED AT PAGE NO. 19 THE NP HAS BEEN SHOWN AT RS. 77 23 674/- WHICH INCLUDES RENT RECEIPTS. HOWEVER IN THE ABOVE CHART WHICH HAS NOW BEEN FILED BY THE ASSESSEE WHICH EXCLUDES THE RENT RECEIPT FROM THE NET PROFIT CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSE. THUS IN OUR VIEW THE ASSESSEE HAD RIGHTLY EXCLUDED THE RENT RECEIPTS FROM THE NET PROFIT AS FROM THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS I.E. FROM THE COMPUTATION OF TOTAL INCOME WE NOTICED THAT THE RENTAL INCOME HAD BEEN CONSIDERED SEPARATELY UNDER THE HEAD INCOME FROM HOUSE PROPERTY 22 ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019 SAROJ SHARMA VS ACIT AND ON WHICH TAX HAS ALREADY BEEN PAID. THEREFORE IN ORDER TO AVOID DOUBLE TAXATION THE ASSESSEE HAD EXCLUDED THE RENT RECEIPTS FROM THE NET PROFIT WHICH HAS NOW BEEN REFLECTED IN THE ABOVE CHART WHICH IS TERMED AS ANNEXURE-A. UNDER THESE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WE DIRECT THE A.O. TO APPLY N.P. RATE AFTER EXCLUDING THE RENT RECEIPTS FROM THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. WITH THESE DIRECTIONS WE RESTORE THIS ISSUE BACK TO THE FILE OF THE A.O. FOR DECIDING THE ISSUE AFRESH ON THE BASIS OF ABOVE DIRECTION. 12. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE REVENUE IS PARTLY ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES AND THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 24/03/2021. SD/- SD/- FOE FLAG ;KNO LANHI XKSLKBZ (VIKRAM SINGH YADAV) ( SANDEEP GOSIAN ) YS[KK LNL;@ ACCOUNTANT MEMBER U;KF;D LNL;@ JUDICIAL MEMBER TK;IQJ@ JAIPUR FNUKAD@ DATED:- 24/03/2021. *RANJAN VKNS'K DH IZFRFYFI VXZSFKR@ COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO: 1. VIHYKFKHZ@ THE APPELLANT- SMT. SAROJ SHARMA JAIPUR. 2. IZR;FKHZ@ THE RESPONDENT-THE A.C.I.T./D.C.I.T CIRCLE-3 JAIPUR. 3. VK;DJ VK;QDR@ CIT 4. VK;DJ VK;QDR@ CIT(A) 5. FOHKKXH; IZFRFUF/K] VK;DJ VIHYH; VF/KDJ.K] T;IQJ@ DR ITAT JAIPUR 6. XKMZ QKBZY@ GUARD FILE {ITA NO. 1311 & 1292/JP/2019} VKNS'KKUQLKJ@ BY ORDER LGK;D IATHDKJ@ ASST. REGISTRAR