H C Saraswat Tobacco Co.Pvt.Ltd,, Kolhapur v. Assistant Commissioner of Income-tax, Ichalkaranji ,, Kolhapur

ITA 2004/PUN/2017 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 24-05-2021 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 200424514 RSA 2017
Assessee PAN AABCH2518N
Bench Pune
Appeal Number ITA 2004/PUN/2017
Duration Of Justice 3 year(s) 9 month(s)
Appellant H C Saraswat Tobacco Co.Pvt.Ltd,, Kolhapur
Respondent Assistant Commissioner of Income-tax, Ichalkaranji ,, Kolhapur
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 24-05-2021
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted A
Tribunal Order Date 24-05-2021
Date Of Final Hearing 07-07-2021
Next Hearing Date 07-07-2021
Last Hearing Date 30-03-2021
First Hearing Date 16-11-2020
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 24-08-2017
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL A BENCH PUNE (THROUGH VIRTUAL COURT) BEFORE SHRI INTURI RAMA RAO AM AND SHRI PARTHA SARATHI CHAUDHURY JM . / ITA NO.2004/PUN/2017 / ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2010-11 H. C. SARASWAT TOBACCO CO. PVT. LTD. 2204/2205 GANDHI ROAD JAYSINGPORE DIST. KOLHAPUR. PAN : AABCH2518N ....... / APPELLANT / V/S. ACIT ICHALKARANJI CIRCLE ICHALKARANJI. / RESPONDENT ASSESSEE BY : NONE REVENUE BY : SHRI VITTHAL BHOSALE / DATE OF HEARING : 24.05.2021 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 24.05.2021 / ORDER PER INTURI RAMA RAO AM: THIS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)- 2 KOLHAPUR (CIT(A) FOR SHORT) DATED 02.06.2017 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010-11. 2. THE APPELLANT RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL :- 1. THE LEARNED C.I.T. ( A ) ERRED IN CONFIRMING THE PENALTY IN RESPECT TO THE ADDITION OF COMMISSION OF RS. 6 06 720/-. 2. THE LEARNED C.I.T. ( A ) ERRED IN IGNORING THE TRADE PRACTICE OF GIVING COMMISSION ON PURCHASES SINCE IN TOBACCO BUSINESS THE CORRECT QUALITY OF PURCHASE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN NEGOTIATING THE PROFITABLE SALE TRANSACTION. 3. THE LEARNED C.I.T. ( A ) ERRED IN WORKING OUT THE RATE OF COMMISSION AND COMPARING THE SAME WITH THE G.P.RATIO AND THEREBY IGNORING THE WORKING GIVEN BEFORE HIM OF THE EFFECTIVE BENEFIT RS. 15.03 PER K.G. EARNED BY THE ASSESSEE BY REDUCTION IN COST OF PURCHASE OUT OF WHICH RS. 6.90 PER K.G. WERE GIVEN AS PURCHASE. 4. THE LEARNED C.I.T. ( A ) ERRED IN IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE COMMISSION AMOUNT IS PAID BY CHEQUE TDS HAS BEEN MADE AND IS REFLECTED IN HIS RETURN OF INCOME OF THE PERSON RECEIVING THE COMMISSION AND THEREBY LEAVING NOTHING UNDISCLOSED IN THE MATTER WITHIN THE MEANING OF SEC. 271 ( 1) ( C ). 5. THE LEARNED C.I.T. ( A ) ERRED IN UNDERSTANDING THE REASONABILITY OF THE COMMISSION TRANSACTION CONSIDERING THE SIZE OF THE BUSINESS CIRCUMSTANCES OF 2 ITA NO.2004/PUN/2017 THE BUSINESS TRANSACTION AND COMING TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE TRANSACTION IS NOT GENUINE. 6. I PRAY FOR YOUR KIND PERMISSION TO ADD NEW GROUNDS OF APPEAL OR MODIFY THE ABOVE GROUNDS AT ANY TIME BEFORE THE APPEAL IS HEARD BY HONOURABLE TRIBUNAL. 3. BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE AS UNDER :- THE APPELLANT IS A COMPANY INCORPORATED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1956. IT IS ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS OF TRADING TOBACCO. THE RETURN FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010-11 WAS FILED ON 15.10.2010 DECLARING TOTAL INCOME OF RS.18 78 180/-. AGAINST THE SAID RETURN OF INCOME THE ASSESSMENT WAS COMPLETED BY THE DY. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX ICHALKARANJI CIRCLE ICHALKARANJI (THE ASSESSING OFFICER) VIDE ORDER DATED 24.12.2012 PASSED U/S 143(3) R.W.S. 145(1) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (THE ACT) AT A TOTAL INCOME OF RS.1 53 56 630/- AFTER MAKING THE FOLLOWING DISALLOWANCES :- 1) ADDITION ON A/C OF UNDERSTATEMENT OF STOCK AND SUPPRESSION OF GROSS PROFIT 76 95 866 2) ADDITION ON A/C OF SUPPRESSION OF PURCHASES & SUPPRESSION OF SALES 19 52 000 3) ADDITION ON A/C OF DISALLOWANCE OF BOGUS COMMISSION CLAIMED IN THE NAME OF SAGAR BALDAWA 6 06 720 4) ADDITION ON A/C OF DISALLOWANCE OF EXCESSIVE & UNREASONABLE SALARY U/S.40A(2)(B) 30 66 000 5) ADDITION ON A/C OF DISALLOWANCE OF EXPENSES 1 57 860 4. THE ASSESSING OFFICER ALSO INITIATED PENALTY PROCEEDINGS U/S 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT FOR FURNISHING OF INACCURATE PARTICULARS OF INCOME. 5. BEING AGGRIEVED BY THE ABOVE ADDITIONS AN APPEAL WAS PREFERRED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) WHO VIDE ORDER DATED 19.03.2014 HAD PARTLY ALLOWED THE APPEAL. WHILE DOING SO THE LD. CIT(A) DELETED THE ADDITION MADE ON ACCOUNT OF UNDERSTATEMENT OF STOCK AND SUPPRESSION OF GROSS PROFIT OF RS.76 95 866/- AND ALSO ADDITION ON ACCOUNT OF UNRECORDED PURCHASES AND SALES OF RS.19 52 000/-. THE LD. CIT(A) HOWEVER CONFIRMED 60% OF THE DISALLOWANCES 3 ITA NO.2004/PUN/2017 OF SALARY BY HOLDING TO BE EXCESSIVE SALARY DISPROPORTIONATE TO THE INCREASE IN THE BUSINESS. THE LD. CIT(A) ALSO CONFIRMED THE 20% OF THE EXPENDITURE INCURRED SHOP EXPENSES TELEPHONE EXPENSES TRAVELLING AND VEHICLE EXPENSES ON THE GROUND THAT THE POSSIBILITY OF THE EXPENDITURE BEING PERSONAL CANNOT BE RULED OUT. THUS THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE CAME TO BE PARTLY ALLOWED BY THE LD. CIT(A). 6. SUBSEQUENTLY THE ASSESSING OFFICER ISSUED A SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 26.02.2015 CALLING UPON THE APPELLANT TO FILE EXPLANATION AS TO WHY THE PENALTY SHOULD NOT BE LEVIED IN RESPECT OF ADDITIONS SUSTAINED BY THE LD. CIT(A) I.E. ADDITION ON ACCOUNT OF DISALLOWANCE OF BOGUS COMMISSION OF RS.6 06 720/- AND ADDITION ON ACCOUNT OF EXCESSIVE AND UNREASONABLE SALARY OF RS.30 66 000/-. IN RESPECT OF SHOW CAUSE NOTICE THE ASSESSEE HAD FILED AN EXPLANATION VIDE HIS LETTER DATED 20.08.2014 STATING THAT THE COMMISSION OF RS.6 06 720/- HAS BEEN MADE THROUGH ACCOUNT PAYEE CHEQUES AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE TDS PROVISIONS HAD BEEN MADE AND THE PAYEE HAD OFFERED THE SAID COMMISSION AS A TAXABLE INCOME IN HIS HAND. AS REGARDS TO THE DISALLOWANCE OF SALARY IT WAS SUBMITTED THAT THE SALARY HAD BEEN DISALLOWED ON ESTIMATE BASIS AND THEREFORE DOES NOT ENTAIL THE LEVY OF PENALTY. THE ASSESSING OFFICER AFTER CONSIDERING THE SAID EXPLANATION HAD LEVIED A PENALTY OF RS.7 55 913/- VIDE ORDER DATED 27.03.2015 BY STATING THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD CONCEALED THE PARTICULARS OF INCOME BY REJECTING THE EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE. 7. ON APPEAL BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) THE LD. CIT(A) DELETED THE PENALTY LEVIED WITH REFERENCE TO THE DISALLOWANCE ON ACCOUNT OF SALARY U/S 40A(2)(B) OF THE ACT. HOWEVER HE CONFIRMED THE PENALTY WITH REFERENCE TO THE ADDITION ON ACCOUNT OF ALLEGED BOGUS COMMISSION. 4 ITA NO.2004/PUN/2017 8. BEING AGGRIEVED BY THE ABOVE DECISION OF THE LD. CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. 9. WHEN THE APPEAL WAS CALLED ON NONE APPEARED ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE DESPITE DUE SERVICE OF NOTICE. 10. WE HEARD THE LD. SR. DR WHO PLACED RELIANCE ON THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. FROM THE PERUSAL OF THE ASSESSMENT ORDER IT IS CLEAR THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAD DISALLOWED THE COMMISSION OF RS.6 06 720/- PAID TO SHRI SAGAR SHIVNARAYAN BALDAWA OF JAYSINGPUR IN RESPECT OF PURCHASES MADE BY THE ASSESSEE FROM SHRI NARAYAN TOBACCO GOPALPURA DIST. ANAND GUJARAT. THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAD PRIMARILY MADE DISALLOWANCES ON THREE COUNTS : (I) ACCORDING TO ASSESSING OFFICER COMMISSION PAID ON PURCHASES IS ON HIGHER SIDE (II) NORMALLY THE COMMISSION IS ONLY PAID ON SALES NOT ON THE PURCHASES AND (III) THE PARTY FROM WHOM THE PURCHASE WAS MADE HAD NOT CONFIRMED THAT THE GOODS WERE SUPPLIED THROUGH SHRI SAGAR BALDAWA. FROM PERUSAL OF THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) IT APPEARS THAT THE SAID ADDITION WAS NOT CONTESTED BY THE ASSESSEE. THE LD. CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE LEVY OF PENALTY ON THE GROUND THAT THERE WAS NO PROOF OF SERVICES RENDERED BY THE SHRI SAGAR BALDAWA IN CONNECTION WITH THE PURCHASES MADE FROM SHRI NARAYAN TOBACCO GOPALPURA DIST. ANAND GUJARAT. THEREFORE THE QUESTION IS IN THE ABOVE FACTUAL BACKGROUND WHETHER THE LEVY OF PENALTY U/S 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT FOR CONCEALMENT OF INCOME IS JUSTIFIED OR NOT ? FROM THE PERUSAL OF THE ASSESSMENT ORDER IT IS CLEAR THAT THE ADDITION WAS MADE MERELY BECAUSE THE ASSESSEE WAS UNABLE TO SUBSTANTIATE THE RENDITION SERVICES BY THE COMMISSION AGENT IN CONNECTION WITH THE PURCHASE OF TOBACCO FROM SHRI NARAYAN TOBACCO GOPALPURA DIST. ANAND GUJARAT. THERE IS NO POSITIVE EVIDENCE ON RECORD TO SAY THAT THE COMMISSION AGENT HAD NOT RENDERED ANY SERVICE THERE IS NO THE REQUIREMENT UNDER LAW THAT THE NAME OF THE COMMISSION AGENT 5 ITA NO.2004/PUN/2017 SHOULD BE MENTIONED IN THE PURCHASE BILLS. MERE INABILITY TO SUBSTANTIATE THE CLAIM DOES NOT ENTAIL THE LEVY OF PENALTY. IT IS SETTLED PROPOSITION OF LAW THAT THE PENALTY CANNOT BE LEVIED FOR MERE INABILITY TO SUBSTANTIATE THE CLAIM IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY POSITIVE EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY. RELIANCE IN THIS REGARD CAN BE PLACED ON THE DECISION OF HONBLE SUPREME COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS. RELIANCE PETROPRODUCTS PVT. LTD. 322 ITR 158 (SC). 11. IN THE LIGHT OF THE ABOVE DISCUSSION WE ARE OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE IMPUGNED ORDER OF PENALTY CANNOT BE SUSTAINED IN THE EYES OF LAW. ACCORDINGLY THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES ARE SET-ASIDE AND WE DIRECT THE ASSESSING OFFICER TO DELETE THE PENALTY LEVIED U/S 271(1)(C) OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THE GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED. 12. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE STANDS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON THIS 24 TH DAY OF MAY 2021. SD/- SD/- (PARTHA SARATHI CHAUDHURY) (INTURI RAMA RAO) / JUDICIAL MEMBER / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER / PUNE; / DATED : 24 TH MAY 2021. SUJEET / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT. 2. / THE RESPONDENT. 3. THE CIT(A)-2 KOLHAPUR. 4. THE PR. CIT-2 KOLHAPUR. 5. / DR ITAT A BENCH PUNE. 6. / GUARD FILE. / BY ORDER // TRUE COPY // SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY / ITAT PUNE.