Marni Prasuna, Kakinada v. Income Tax Officer, Ward-2,, Kakinada

ITA 186/VIZ/2018 | 2012-2013
Pronouncement Date: 28-02-2020 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 18625314 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN BCMPM6385B
Bench Visakhapatnam
Appeal Number ITA 186/VIZ/2018
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 9 month(s) 14 day(s)
Appellant Marni Prasuna, Kakinada
Respondent Income Tax Officer, Ward-2,, Kakinada
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-02-2020
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 28-02-2020
Last Hearing Date 15-11-2018
First Hearing Date 15-11-2018
Assessment Year 2012-2013
Appeal Filed On 14-05-2018
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL VISAKHAPATNAM BENCH VISAKHAPATNAM . . . BEFORE SHRI V. DURGA RAO JUDICIAL MEMBER& SHRI D.S. SUNDER SINGH ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ./ I.T. A.NO. 1 86 /VIZ/201 8 ( / A SSESSMENT Y EAR : 201 2 - 1 3 ) MARNI PRASUNA 24 - 5 - 60/A RAJMAHAL KACHERIPETA KAKINADA [PAN : BCMPM6385B ] VS. INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 2 KAKINADA ( / APPELLANT) ( / RESPONDENT) / APPELLANT BY : S HRI G.V.N.HARI AR / RESPONDENT BY : SHRI B.SATYANARAYA RAJU DR / DATE OF HEARING : 2 5 .0 2 .2020 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28 .0 2 . 20 20 / O R D E R P ER SHRI D.S.SUNDER SINGH ACCOUNTANT MEMBER : TH IS APPEAL IS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) [CIT(A)] - 9 HYDERABAD IN I.T.A. NO. 10 219/ITO - 2 KAKINADA/2017 - 18 DATED 1 4 .0 3 .201 8 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR (A.Y.) 201 2 - 1 3 . 2 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA 2. ALL THE GROUNDS OF APPEAL ARE RELATED TO THE SHARE INCOME RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE FROM AVINASH HI - TECH CITY - 2 SOCIETY (IN SHORT SOCIETY) . BRI EF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE IS AN INDIVIDUAL DERIVING INCOME FROM INTEREST DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION OF SEZ AS CO - DEVELOPER FILED HER RETURN OF INCOME DECLARING TOTAL INCOME AT RS.96 300/ - . THE RETURN WAS PROCESSED U/S 143(1) AND THE CASE WAS SELECTED FOR SCRUTINY AND NOTICE U/S 143(2)WAS SERVED ON THE ASSESSEE. THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED THE RETURN OF INCOME ADMITTING TOTAL INCOME OF RS. 16 29 025/ - AND CLAIMED THE DEDUCTION OF RS.14 50 050/ - UNDER CHAPTER VIA RELATING TO THE SHARE INCOME RE CEIVED FROM THE SOCIETY WHICH WAS CLAIMED AS EXEMPTION U/S 80 I AB OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (IN SHORT ACT). DURING THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE ASSESSING OFFICER (AO) FOUND THAT THE ASSESSEE IS NOT ENTITLED FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80 I AB HENCE CALLED FOR INFORMATION FROM THE ASSESSEE AS TO WHY THE SAME SHOULD NOT BE DISALLOWED AND ADDED BACK TO THE INCOME. THE ASSESSEE FILED EXPLANATION STATING THAT THE ASSESSEE ALONG WITH 79 OTHER MEMBERS WERE OWNERS OF THE LAND ADMEASURING 25.68 CENTS FORMING PART OF S URVEY NOS. 30 34 35 AND 38 SITUATED AT GACHIBOUWLI VILLAGE SERILINGAMPALLY RANGA REDDY DISTRICT AND EXECUTED A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT CUM POWER OF ATTORNEY IN FAVOUR OF PROJECT DEVELOPER NAMED L&T PHONIX INFO PARKS 3 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA PRIVATE LTD. PURSUANT TO THE DEVELOPM ENT AGREEMENTS THE DEVELOPER IN THE NAME OF HI - TECH CITY - 2 ACQUIRED SANCTION FOR SETTING UP OF A SEZ FOR SECTOR SPECIFIC I NFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENABLED SERVICES (IT / ITES SEZ) FROM THE GOVT. OF INDIA M INISTRY OF COMMERCE AND I NDUSTRY DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VIDE NOTIFICATION NO.892 DATED 11.08.2006. THE OWNERS OF THE PROPERTY INCLUDING THE ASSESSEE FORMED THREE SOCIETIES AVINASH HITECH CITY - 2 SOCIETY AND TWO OTHER SOCIETIES REGISTERED UNDER THE SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACT 200 1 FOR OBTAINING CO - DEVELOPER STATUS. THE ASSESSEE ALONG WITH 17 OTHERS HAVE BECOME MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY . THEREAFTER AVINASH HITECH CITY 2 SOCIETY AND OTHER SOCIETIES MADE APPLICATION TO THE SECRETARY MINISTRY OF COMMERCE IN FORM A ON DECEMBER 12 20 07 FOR APPROVAL OF CO - DEVELOPERS STATUS ON BEHALF OF THE OWNERS. AND THE SOCIETY WAS GRANTED CO - DEVELOPER STATUS. L&T PHONIX INFO PARKS PRIVATE LIMITED DEVELOPED THE LAND AND ALLOTTED COLD SHELL OF H1B BUILDING TO WARDS THE SHARE OF THE ASSESSEE OUT OF TH E TOTAL PROPERTY DEVELOPED. THE SOCIETY FURTHER MADE DEVELOPMENTS TO MEET THE NORMS SPECIFIED BY THE SEZ AUTHORITY. THE SHARE INCOME OF RS.14 49 029/ - FROM THE DEVELOPMENT BUSINESS OF THE SOCIETY WAS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE WHICH WAS OFFERED AS INCOME I N H ER HANDS. 4 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA 2.1. THE SOCIETY IS SEPARATELY ASSESSED TO TAX AND FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME ADMITTING NIL INCOME CLAIMING DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB OF THE ACT WHICH WAS DISALLOWED BY THE AO AND T HE ISSUE TRAVELLED TO THE ITAT AND THE ITAT IN ITS ORDER IN I.T.A. NO.726/HYD/2017 DATED 29.12.2017 FOR THE A.Y. 2013 - 14 HELD THAT THE SOCIETY IS ENTITLED FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB ACCORDINGLY UPHELD THE ORDER OF THE LD.CIT(A). 2.2. THE ISSUE IN THE PRESENT CASE IS ONLY LIMITED TO THE EXTENT OF WHETHER THE SHARE INCOME RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE AS MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY IS REQUIRED TO BE TAXED SEPARATELY OR NOT. THE AO VIEWED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB INCORRECTL Y HENCE DISALLOWED THE SAME. ON APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A) THE LD.CIT(A) IN PARA NO.5.2 OBSERVED THAT THE INCOME REQUIRED TO BE ASSESSED IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY BUT NOT IN THE HANDS OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY. HOWEVER THE LD.CIT(A) OBSERV ED THAT THE SOCIETY AS WELL AS THE ASSESSEE HAVE NOT FILED THE RETURNS OF INCOME HENCE VIEWED THAT BOTH OF THEM HAVE RELINQUISH ED THE CLAIM OF DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB THUS VIEWED THAT THE INDIVIDUAL ALSO IS NOT ALLOWED TO CLAIM DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB AS THE RELIEF WAS NOT GIVEN TO THE SOCIETY THEREFORE CONFIRMED THE ORDER OF THE AO. 5 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA 3. AGAINST WHICH THE ASSESSEE FILED APPEAL BEFORE THIS TRIBUNAL. DURING THE APPEAL HEARING THE LD.AR SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY AS A CO DEVELOPER AND H E HAS RECEIVED THE SHARE INCOME FROM THE SOCIETY. THE INCOME OF THE SOCIETY WAS TAXED SEPARATELY IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY. THE SOCIETY WAS ENTITLED FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB WHICH WAS CLAIMED AND ALLOWED BY THE ITAT. THOUGH THE AO HAD DISALLOWED THE C LAIM FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY BOTH THE APPELLATE AUTHORITIES I.E CIT(A) AS WELL AS THE ITAT ALLOWED THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE AND THE MATTER HAS REACHED THE FINALITY . WHAT IS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE WAS ONLY THE SHARE OF INC OME WHICH W AS ALREADY OFFERED TO TAX IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY THEREFORE ARGUED THAT THE SAME INCOME CANNOT BE TAXED TWICE ONCE IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY AS WELL AS IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE. THEREFORE ARGUED THAT BOTH THE LOWER AUTHORITIES ERR ED IN TAXING THE SAME INCOME WHICH WAS ALREADY SUFFERED TO TAX HENCE REQUESTED TO DELETE THE ADDITION AND ALLOW THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE. 4. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LD.DR RELIED ON THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. 5. WE HAVE HEARD BOTH THE PARTIES AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL PLACED ON RECORD. IN THE INSTANT CASE WHAT WAS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE WAS ONLY 6 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA SHARE OF INCOME FROM THE SOCIETY. THE INCOME OF THE SOCIETY WAS TAXED SEPARATELY IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY. THE L D.CIT(A) ALSO HAS GIVEN A FINDING THAT THE INCOME SHOULD BE TAXED IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY ONLY BUT NOT IN THE HANDS OF INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS . HOWEVER THE LD.CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE ADDITION BECAUSE OF THE REASON THAT THE ASSESSEE AS WELL AS THE SOCIETY HA VE NOT FILED THE RETURNS OF INCOME THEREBY HELD THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS RELINQUISHED THE CLAIM FOR DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB WHICH WAS DISALLOWED BY THE AO . FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY AND CONVENIENCE WE EXTRACT PARA NO.5.2 OF THE ORDER OF THE LD.CIT(A) WHICH READS AS UNDER : 5.2. RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE REASONING GIVEN BY THE HONBLE ITAT FOR A.Y.2013 - 14 I AM OF THE VIEW THAT IN THIS ASSESSMENT YEAR ALSO THE INCOME SHOULD BE ASSESSED IN THE HANDS OF THE AVINASH HI - TECH CITY - 2 SOCIETY ONLY AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBE RS OF THE SOCIETY SHOULD NOT BE TAXED IN THEIR HANDS. HOWEVER FOR THIS ASSESSMENT YEAR THE APPELLANT AS WELL AS THE SOCIETY HAVE NOT FILED THE REVISED RETURNS RELINQUISHING OR CLAIMING THE DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB. THE FACTS OF A.Y.2013 - 14 AND 2014 - 15 ARE D ISTINGUISHABLE ALTHOUGH ON PRINCIPLE BASIS THE INCOME IS ASSESSABLE IN THE HANDS OF SOCIETY ONLY BUT BECAUSE OF THE PECULIAR FACTS I AM CONSTRAINED IN NOT ALLOWING THE RELIEF. SINCE THE INDIVIDUAL IS NOT ALLOWED TO CLAIM 80IAB RELIEF AS THE APPROVAL WAS GIVEN ONLY TO THE SOCIETY THEREFORE THE DEDUCTION CLAIMED U/S 80IAB ALSO CANNOT BE ALLOWED. THE CASE LAW RELIED UPON OF BANGALORE TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF M/S VANSHEE BUILDERS AND DEVELOPERS PVT. LTD. VS. ITO WARD - 12(2) IS NOT APPLICABLE IN THIS CASE. 5.1. SINCE THE INCOME OF THE SOCIETY WAS TAXED SEPARATELY AS RIGHTLY OBSERVED BY THE LD.CIT(A) INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY ARE NOT LIABLE TO BE TA X THE SAME INCOME. TAXING THE INCOME AGAIN IN THE HANDS OF THE ASSESSEE WOULD AMOUNT DOUBLE TAXATION OF THE SAME INCOME WHICH IS NOT 7 I.T.A. NO. 186/VIZ/2018 A.Y.2012 - 13 MARNI PRASUNA KAKINADA PERMISSIBLE. SINCE THE CLAIM OF DEDUCTION U/S 80IAB HAS REACHED FINALITY IN THE HANDS OF THE SOCIETY WE HOLD THAT BOTH THE LOWER AUTHORITIES HAVE ERRED IN TAXING THE SHARE INCOME RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE ACCORDINGLY WE SET ASIDE THE ORDER OF THE LD.CIT(A) AND DELETE THE ADDITION MADE BY THE AO AND ALLOW THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE. 6 . IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 28 TH FEBRUARY 2020. S D/ - S D/ - ( . ) ( . . ) (V. DURGA RAO) ( D.S. SUNDER SINGH ) /JUDICIAL MEMBER /ACCOUNTANT MEMBER /VISAKHAPATNAM /DATED : 28 . 0 2 .20 20 L.RAMA SPS / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : - 1. / THE ASSESSEE MARNI PRASUNA 24 - 5 - 60/A RAJMAHAL KACHERIPETA KAKINADA 2 . / THE REVENUE INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 2 KAKINADA 3. THE PR.COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX - 2 VISAKHAPATNAM 4. THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) - 9 HYDERABAD 5 . / DR ITAT VISAKHAPATNAM 6 . / GUARD FILE / BY ORDER // TRUE COPY // SR. PRIVATE SECRETARY ITAT VISAKHAPATNAM