Shri. David Richard Hebel, Bengaluru v. Assistant Commissioner Of Income Tax, Circle- 2(1)(2), Bengaluru

ITA 1816/BANG/2019 | 2014-2015
Pronouncement Date: 28-02-2020 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 181621114 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN ABXPH7921B
Bench Bangalore
Appeal Number ITA 1816/BANG/2019
Duration Of Justice 6 month(s) 7 day(s)
Appellant Shri. David Richard Hebel, Bengaluru
Respondent Assistant Commissioner Of Income Tax, Circle- 2(1)(2), Bengaluru
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-02-2020
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 28-02-2020
Last Hearing Date 19-09-2019
First Hearing Date 19-09-2019
Assessment Year 2014-2015
Appeal Filed On 20-08-2019
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL SMC - C BENCH BANGALORE BEFORE SHRI CHANDRA POOJARI ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO.1815/BANG/2019 : ASST.YEAR 2013-2014 ITA NO.1816/BANG/2019 : ASST.YEAR 2014-2015 ITA NO.1817/BANG/2019 : ASST.YEAR 2015-2016 SRI.DAVID RICHARD HEBEL 2 ND FLOOR BMTC DEPOT 6 TH BLOCK 80 FEET ROAD KORAMANGALA BANGALORE 560 095. PAN : ABXPH7921B. VS. THE DY.COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX CIRCLE 2(1)(2) BENGALURU. (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY : SRI.K.SHESHADRI CA RESPONDENT BY : DR.GANESH R.GHALE STANDING COUNCIL FOR DR DATE OF HEARING : 26.02.2020 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28.02.2020 O R D E R THESE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE DIRECTED AGAINST THE COMMON ORDER OF THE CIT(A) DATED 30.04.2019. THE RELEVANT ASSESSMENT YEARS 2013-2014 2014-2015 AND 2015- 2016. 2. SINCE COMMON ISSUES ARE RAISED IN THESE APPEALS THEY WERE HEARD TOGETHER AND ARE BEING DISPOSED OF BY THIS CONSOLIDATED ORDER. 3. IDENTICAL GROUNDS ARE RAISED IN THESE APPEALS HENCE FOR THE SAKE OF CONVENIENCE WE REPRODUCE GROUNDS OF APPEAL RAISED IN ITA NO.1815/BANG/2019 FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR 2013-2014 AS UNDER:- 1. THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) ERRED IN DENYING THE APPELLANTS CLAIM FOR THE SET OFF OF HIS SHARE OF ITA NOS.1815-1817/BANG/2019 SRI.DAVID RICHARD HEBEL. 2 LOSSES ARISING FROM LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES (LLCS) IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AGAINST THE APPELLANTS INCOME IN INDIA. 2. THE LEARNED CIT(A) OUGHT TO HAVE APPRECIATED THAT IN THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE THE INCOME OR AS THE CASE MAY BE LOSSES ARISING FROM LLCS ARE REQUIRED TO BE TREATED / DEALT WITH IN THE HANDS OF THE PARTNERS / MEMBERS OF THE LLCS (SUCH AS THE APPELLANT) AND NOT IN THE LLCS OWN HANDS. 3. THE LEARNED CIT(A) ERRED IN NOT APPLYING THE BENEFICIAL PROVISIONS OF THE DOUBLE TAXATION AVOIDANCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN INDIA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO THE APPELLANTS CASE SO AS TO ALLOW THE SET OFF. 4. THE LEARNED CIT(A) ERRED BY PASSING A NON-SPEAKING ORDER. 5. THE APPELLANT CRAVES LEAVE TO ADD ALTER AMEND SUBSTITUTE AND FORGO ANY OR ALL THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL AND ADDUCE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE BEFORE OR AT THE TIME OF THE HEARING. 6. IN THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE FOR THE GROUNDS TAKEN TO BE TAKEN OR WHICH MAY BE URGED AT THE HEARING ALL OF WHICH ARE WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO EACH OTHER AND CONSIDERING THE LAW ON THE SUBJECT IT IS HUMBLY PRAYED THAT THIS APPEAL BE ALLOWED AND THAT THIS HONOURABLE TRIBUNAL PASS SUCH OTHER ORDERS AS IT THINKS FIT IN THE INTERESTS OF JUSTICE. 4. BRIEFLY STATED THE FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE WAS A RESIDENT FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2013-2014 AND ALSO A PARTNER OF TWO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES (LLCS) IN THE NAME OF DIGITAL JUICE HOLDINGS LLC AUTUMN OAKS INVESTMENTS LLC SITUATED IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ARE FISCALLY TRANSPARENT ENTITIES WHICH HAS PASS THROUGH STATUS LIKE A PARTNERSHIP FOR TAXATION I.E. INCOME / LOSS OF THE LLCS ARE TAXED IN THE HANDS OF THE PARTNERS AND THE LLCS ARE NOT SUBJECTED TO TAX. THE SAID LLCS HAVE INCURRED LOSS OF RS.22 94 749 AND SAME HAS BEEN SHOWN AS BUSINESS LOSS BY THE ASSESSEE WHILE FILING THE RETURN ITA NOS.1815-1817/BANG/2019 SRI.DAVID RICHARD HEBEL. 3 OF INCOME FOR THE SAID ASSESSMENT YEAR. THE ASSESSEE HAS CONSIDERED THE SAID LOSSES IN HIS RETURN OF INCOME AND SET OFF THE SAME WITH INCOME FROM OTHER SOURCES BASED ON THE PROVISIONS IN TAX TREATY BETWEEN INDIA AND USA. IN THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE ASSESSING OFFICER DISALLOWED THE CLAIM OF THE ASSESSEE. AGGRIEVED THE ASSESSEE CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A). 5. ON APPEAL THE CIT(A) OBSERVED THAT THE COMPANY AND INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDER ARE TWO DIFFERENT LEGAL ENTITIES AND AS PER THE PROVISIONS OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT THE ASSESSEE IS SUPPOSED TO SHOW BUSINESS INCOME / LOSS IN A PROPRIETORSHIP CONCERN. THIS IS NOT THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE. THE PROVISIONS OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT 1961 DO NOT ALLOW CLAIM OF LOSS OF COMPANY BY ANY SHAREHOLDER. AS SUCH HE UPHELD THE DISALLOWANCE MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER. 6. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDERS OF THE INCOME TAX AUTHORITIES THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 7. I HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL ON RECORD. AT THE VERY OUTSET THE LEARNED AR SUBMITTED THAT ORDER OF THE CIT(A) IS VERY CRYPTIC AND NOT A SPEAKING ORDER. I FIND FORCE IN THE ARGUMENT PUT FORTH BY THE LEARNED AR. THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 250(6) OF THE I.T.ACT ARE IN THE NATURE OF JUDICIAL DISCRETION TO THE APPELLATE AUTHORITY AND EMPHASIZING THAT THE ORDER DISPOSED OF SHALL BE A SPEAKING ORDER. ORDER SHALL NOT BE CRYPTIC BUT SHOULD BE SELF- EXPLANATORY. HENCE I SET ASIDE THE ORDERS OF THE CIT(A) FOR ALL ITA NOS.1815-1817/BANG/2019 SRI.DAVID RICHARD HEBEL. 4 THE ASSESSMENT YEARS UNDER CONSIDERATION AND DIRECT HIM TO ADJUDICATE THE ISSUES AFRESH BY A SPEAKING ORDER AFTER GIVING A REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING HEARD TO THE ASSESSEE. IT IS ORDERED ACCORDINGLY. 8. SINCE I HAVE REMITTED THE ENTIRE ISSUE RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IN ALL THE ASSESSMENT YEARS UNDER CONSIDERATION TO THE FILES OF THE CIT(A) I REFRAIN FROM GOING INTO THE MERIT OF OTHER GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IN HIS APPEALS. 9. IN THE RESULT THE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE PARTLY ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON THIS 28 TH DAY OF FEBRUARY 2020 . SD/- ( CHANDRA POOJARI ) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER BANGALORE ; DATED : 28 TH FEBRUARY 2020. DEVADAS G* COPY TO : 1. THE APPELLANT. 2. THE RESPONDENT. 3. THE CIT(A)-2 BENGALURU. 4. THE PR.CIT-2 BENGALURU. 5. THE DR ITAT BENGALURU. 6. GUARD FILE. ASST.REGISTRAR/ITAT BANGALORE