Srinivas Mahesh Laxman, Hyderabad v. Income Tax Officer, (International Taxation)-1, Hyderabad

ITA 1991/Hyd/2018 | 2014-2015
Pronouncement Date: 28-05-2021 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 199122514 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN ABWPL3772H
Bench Hyderabad
Appeal Number ITA 1991/Hyd/2018
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 7 month(s) 25 day(s)
Appellant Srinivas Mahesh Laxman, Hyderabad
Respondent Income Tax Officer, (International Taxation)-1, Hyderabad
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-05-2021
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted DB-B
Tribunal Order Date 28-05-2021
Date Of Final Hearing 18-03-2021
Next Hearing Date 18-03-2021
Last Hearing Date 25-02-2020
First Hearing Date 25-02-2020
Assessment Year 2014-2015
Appeal Filed On 03-10-2018
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL HYDERABAD BENCHES : BENCH B HYDERABAD (THROUGH VIDEO CONFERENCE ) BEFORE SHRI S.S. GODARA JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI L.P. SAHU ACCOUNTANT MEMBER I.T.A. NO. 19 91 /HYD./201 8 ASSESSMENT YEAR : 201 4 - 15 SRI SRINIVAS MAHESH LAXMAN VS. ITO INTERNATIONAL TAXATION 1 HYDERABAD HYDERABAD [PAN: ABWPL3772H ] (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) FOR ASSESSEE: SHERY GOYAL FOR SRI ANKUR AGRAWAL AR FOR REVENUE: SHRI ROHIT MUZUMDAR D.R. DATE OF HEARING : 18/03/ 2021 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28 /05/2021 O R D E R PER S.S. GODARA J.M. THIS ASSESSEES APPEAL FOR AY 201 4 - 15 ARISES FROM CIT(A) - 10 HYDERABADS ORDER DATED 19.04.2018 PASSED IN CASE NO. 0189 /2016 - 17 INVOLVING PROCEEDINGS U/S 143(3) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 FOR SHORT THE ACT. HEARD BOTH THE PARTIES. CASE FILE PERUSED. 2. THE A SSESSEES SOLE SUBSTANTIVE GRIEVANCE CANVASSED IN THE INSTANT APPEAL CHALLENGES CORRECTNESS OF BOTH LOWER AUTHORITIE S ACTION HOLDING HIS SALARY/ALLOWANCES RECEIVED IN LIEU OF SERVICES PERFORMED OUTSIDE INDIA TO THE TUNE OF RS.30 46 2 2 3 / - AS TAXABLE IN INDIA . ITA NO. 1991/HYD/2018 AY 2014 - 15 SRINIVAS MAHESH LAAXMAN 2 2.1. IT EMERGES DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING THAT WE NEED NOT DELVE MUCH DEEPER IN THE RELEVANT FACT S. THIS ASSESSEE IS ADMITTEDLY AN EMPLOYEE OF M/S IBM INDIA PVT. LTD. HE WORK ED OUTSIDE INDIA AND RECEIVE D THE IMPUGNED SUM AS SALARY/ALLOWANCES IN LIEU THERE OF. THERE IS FURTHER NO QUARREL THAT THE LEARNED LOWER AUTHORITIES HAVE ADMITTEDLY ASSESSED HIM AS A NON - RESIDENT. THE VEXED QUESTION THAT ARISES FOR OUR APT ADJUDICATION IS THAT OF CORRECTNESS OF BOTH THE LOWER AUTHORITIES ACTION HOLDING ASSESSEE NON - RESIDENTS SALARY/ALLOWANCES FOR SERVICES PERFORMED OUTSIDE INDIA IS TAXABLE IN INDIA THE CIT (A)S DETAILED DISCUSSION UNDER CHALLENGE READS AS FOLLOWS. 5. AFTER CONSIDERING THE MATERIAL ON RECORD IT IS SEEN THAT THERE IS NO DISPUTE ON THE STATUS OF THE APPELLANT AND THE ASSESSMENT IS MADE IN THE STATUS OF A NON - RESIDENT. THE APPELLANT STATED THAT THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES DID NOT ACCRUE OR AROSE IN INDIA. THE APPELLANT FURTHER STATED THAT THE FOREIGN AL LOWANCES WERE RECEIVED OUTSIDE INDIA. FURTHER THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE SAID TO BE RECEIVED THROUGH TRAVEL CARD. THE AO OBSERVED THAT RECEIPT THROUGH TRAVEL CARD DOES NOT PROVE THE FACT THAT THE RECEIPT IS OUTSIDE INDIA. THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE TRAVEL CARD IS A MOBILE CARD AND CAN BE USED ANYWHERE. THE AO ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE EMPLOYER HAS NOT CONFIRMED THIS FACT. 5.1 . IN RESPONSE THE APPELLANT STATED THAT THE TRAVEL CARD CANNOT BE USED IN INDIA AS THE SAME IS ISSUED IN FOREIGN CURRENCY. THE AR RELIED UPON THE CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE EMPLOYER WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT PAGE 51 OF THE PAPER BOOK. THIS CERTIFICATE DATED 06. 06.2016 ISSUED BY IBM STATES THAT THE APPELLANT WAS SENT ON A FOREIGN ASSIGNMENT AND THAT A SUM OF RS.30 46 223/ - PAID TO THE APPELLANT REPRESENTS THE ALLOWANCES RECEIVED BY THE EMPLOYEE OUTSIDE INDIA FOR SERVICES RENDERED IN NETHERLANDS. 5.2 THOUGH T HE EMPLOYER HAS CERTIFIED THAT THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE RECEIVED BY THE APPELLANT OUTSIDE INDIA THE SAME HAS NOT BEEN SUBSTANTIATED WITH NECESSARY DOCUMENTS. USAGE OF TRAVEL CARD IS ONE THING AND PLACE OF RECEIPT OF FOREIGN ALLOWANCES IS ANOTHER. AND THE APPELLANT FAILED TO PROVE THE FACT THAT THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE ACTUALLY RECEIVED OUTSIDE INDIA. 5.3 THE APPELLANT ALSO STATED THAT TAXES IN RESPECT OF THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE PAID IN NETHERLANDS. IN THIS CONNECTION THE APPELLANT FURNISHE D COPIES OF ANNUAL STATEMENTS FOR 2013 AND 2014 WHICH ARE EMPLOYEE RECORDS WITH THE NETHERLAND TAX AUTHORITIES (PAGES 52 & 53 OF THE PAPER BOOK). THIS WILL NOT ITA NO. 1991/HYD/2018 AY 2014 - 15 SRINIVAS MAHESH LAAXMAN 3 HELP THE CASE OF THE APPELLANT AS THE APPELLANT IS STILL REQUIRED TO ESTABLISH THE FACT THAT T HE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE RECEIVED OUTSIDE INDIA. 5.4 IN TERMS OF SECTION 5(2)(A) THE CHARGE IS ON THE BASIS OF RECEIPT IN INDIA AND APPLIES TO NON - RESIDENTS. ON THE BASIS OF RECEIPT IN INDIA THE ENTIRE SUM OF RECEIPT THOUGH ACCRUING OR ARISING OUTSI DE INDIA BECOMES TAXABLE IN INDIA. THIS WAS SO HELD BY THE HON'BLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF STANDARD TRIUMPH MOTOR CO. LTD. VS. CIT (1993) 201 ITR 391. IN THE CASE OF THE APPELLANT AS IT IS NOT PROVED THAT THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCES WERE RECEIVED OUTSIDE INDIA THE SAME WILL HAVE TO BE TREATED AS RECEIVED IN INDIA. ACCORDINGLY THE FOREIGN ALLOWANCE IS LIABLE TO BE TAXED IN INDIA. THEREFORE THIS GROUND OF APPEAL IS DISMISSED. 3. WE HAVE GIVEN OUR THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION TO RIVAL CONTENTIONS AGAINST AND IN SUPPORT OF THE IMPUGNED ASSESSMENT OF A NON - RESIDENTS SALARY/ALLOWANCES FOR SERVICES RENDERED OUTSIDE INDIA HELD AS TAXABLE IN INDIA. WE FIND THAT THE INSTANT ISSUE IS NO MORE RES INTEGRA AS PER DIT (INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) VS. PRAHLAD VIJENDRA RAO (2011) 239 CTR 107 (KAR.) ; U TANKA ROY VS. DIT 390 ITR 109 (CALCUTTA) AND ARVIND SINGH CHAUHAN VS. ITO (2014) 147 ITD 409 (AGRA) ALREADY HAVING DECIDED IT IN TAXPAYERS FAVOUR AND AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT THEREBY HOLDING THAT SUCH SALARY/ALLOWANCE ( S ) WHICH ARE RECEIVED IN LIEU OF SERVICES PERFORMED OUTSIDE INDIA ARE NOT TAXABLE IN INDIA BY VIRTUE OF SEC.5(2) OF THE ACT MERELY BECAUSE AN ASSESSEE IS PERMANENT RESIDENT OF INDIA . WE ADOPT THE VERY REAS ONING MUTATIS MUTANDIS AND DIRECT THE A SSESSING OFFICER TO DELETE THE IMPUGNED ADDITION. 4. THIS ASSESSEES APPEAL IS ALLOWED IN ABOVE TERMS. PRONOUNCED IN OPEN COURT ON 28 TH MAY 2021. SD/ - SD/ - (L.P. SAHU) (S.S. GODARA) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER DATED: THE 28 TH MAY 2021. * GMV ITA NO. 1991/HYD/2018 AY 2014 - 15 SRINIVAS MAHESH LAAXMAN 4 COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO: 1. SHRI SRINIVAS MAHESH LAXMAN 1 - 8 - 114 VIDYUTHNAGAR COLONY ROAD NO.1 DILSUKNAGAR HYDERABAD 500 060 . 2. ITO INTERNATIONAL TAXATION - 1 HYDERABAD. 3. CIT(A) - 10 HYDERABAD - 4. PR. CIT - 10 HYDERABAD. 5. CCIT (IT) (SZ) BENGALURU 6.DR ITAT HYDERABAD. 7. GUARD FILE.