ABC MARINE P.LTD, MUMBAI v. ITO WD 1(1)(4), MUMBAI

ITA 2246/MUM/2015 | 2011-2012
Pronouncement Date: 21-10-2016 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 224619914 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN AAHCA5671M
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 2246/MUM/2015
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 6 month(s) 4 day(s)
Appellant ABC MARINE P.LTD, MUMBAI
Respondent ITO WD 1(1)(4), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 21-10-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted E
Tribunal Order Date 21-10-2016
Date Of Final Hearing 21-10-2016
Next Hearing Date 21-10-2016
Assessment Year 2011-2012
Appeal Filed On 16-04-2015
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL E BENCH MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI RAJENDRA A M & SHRI C.N.PRASAD J M INCOME TAX APPEAL NO. 2246 / MUM/20 1 5 ( ASSESSMENT YEAR : 20 1 1 - 2012 ) M/S ABC MARINE PVT. LTD. 101 K. BUILDING WALCHAND HIRACHAND MAR G MUMBAI - 400001 VS. ITO WARD - 1(1)(4) MUMBAI - 20 PAN/GIR NO. : AA HCA 5671 M /REVENUE BY : SHRI KAILASH GAIKWAD /ASSESSEE BY : SHRI HARI RAHEJA DATE OF HEARING : 21 / 1 0/2016 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 21 / 10 / 2016 O R D E R PER C.N.PRASAD ( J .M.) : TH IS APPEAL IS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A) - 2 MUMBAI DATED 23 - 12 - 2014 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 20 11 - 2 012. 2. THE SOLE GROUND RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IS WITH REGARD TO PENALTY LEVIED U/S.221(1) OF THE ACT. 3. THE FACTS IN CONCISE ARE THAT ASSESSEE A COMPANY INCORPORATED UNDER THE COMPANIES ACT 1956 IS PROVIDING SERVICES OF MANPOWER AND HIRING OF CRANE S. THE ASSESSEE FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME DECLARING TOTAL INCOME OF RS.1 06 99 270/ - WHICH WAS PRO CESS ED U/S.143(1) OF THE I.T.ACT. SUBSEQUENTLY THE ASSESSING OFFICER ISSUED NOTICE U/S.221(1) R.W.S.140A OF THE ACT. IT WAS SUBMITTED BY THE ASSESSEE THAT DUE TO TECHNICAL PROBLEM AND LACK OF FUNDS THE SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX COULD NOT BE PAID. HOWEVER THE ASSESSING OFFICER BEING NOT CONVINCED WITH THE REPLY OF THE ASSESSEE LEVIED PENALTY OF RS.3 41 956/ - @ 20% ON SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX PAYABLE U/S.221(1) OF TH E ACT. THE ASSESSEE PREFERRED APPEAL BEFORE THE CIT(A) AND THE CIT(A) REDUCED THE PENALTY TO 10% AS AGAINST THE 20% OF PENALTY LEVIED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER. NOW THE ASSESSEE IS IN FURTHER APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. ITA NO.2246/15 2 4. THE LEARNED COUNSEL FOR THE ASS ESSEE REITERATED THE SUBMISSIONS MADE BEFORE THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. THE LEARNED COUNSEL SUBMITS THAT WITH A SHORT DELAY THE SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX WAS PAID ALONGWITH INTEREST THEREFORE THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION IN LEVYING PENALTY U/S 221(1) OF THE ACT. 5. THE LD. DR SUPPORTS THE ORDER OF CIT(A) IN SUSTAINING THE PENALTY TO THE EXTENT OF 10%. HE SUBMITS THAT THE CIT(A)S ORDER IS REASONABLE AND SHOULD BE CON FIRMED. 6. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS PERUSED THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW. IT IS THE SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSEE THAT ASSESSEE COULD NOT PAY THE SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX WITHIN THE DUE DATE FOR FILING OF RETURN DUE TO SHORTAGE OF FUNDS. IT WAS SUBMITTED THAT WITH A SHORT DELAY ASSESSEE HAS PAID SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX ALONGWITH INTEREST THE REFORE NO PENALTY SHOULD BE LEVIED. ON A PERUSAL OF THE PENALTY ORDER AND CIT(A)S ORDER WE FIND THAT ASSESSEE HAS NOT GIVEN ANY SUFFICIENT REASON FOR NON - PAYMENT OF SELF - ASSESSMENT TAX BEFORE DUE DATE OF FILING OF RETURN. THE CIT(A) SUSTAINED THE PENAL TY TO THE EXTENT OF 10% OBSERVING AS UNDER : - 4. THE FACTS OF THE CASE THE STAND TAKEN BY THE A.O IN THE ASSESSMENT ORDER AND THE CONTENTIONS RAISED BY THE LEARNED AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF THE APPELLANT COMPANY DURING THE APPELLATE PROCEEDINGS AS WE LL AS THE WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS MADE ARE CONSIDERED. IT IS AN ADMITTED FACT THAT THE APPELLANT HAS NEITHER PAID THE SELF ASSESSMENT TAX WITHIN THE DUE DATE OF FILING THE RETURN OF INCOME U/S 139(1) OF THE ACT NOR AT THE TIME OF FURNISHING THE RETURN OF INCO ME. CLEARLY THERE IS A FAILURE ON THE PART OF THE APPELLANT IN COMPLYING WITH THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 140A OF THE ACT. THIS IS A CASE WHERE PRIMA FACIE PENALTY PROVISIONS U/S 221(1) OF THE ACT ARE ATTRACTED. 4.1 AS REGARDS THE REASONABLE CAUSE THE APPELLANT HAS RELIED UPON A CONTENTION THAT ITS BANK ACCOUNTS DID NOT HAVE ADEQUATE CREDIT BALANCE AT THE TIME OF FURNISHING OF THE RETURN OF INCOME. THE APPELLANT HAS ALSO CONTENDED THAT IT WAS REQUIRED TO MEET ITS BUSINESS OBLIGATIONS AS ON 16.09.2011 B Y MAKING THE PAYMENTS TO ONE M/S. HEENA CARGO MOVERS. HOWEVER THE EXPLANATION AND ITA NO.2246/15 3 JUSTIFICATIONS SUBMITTED BY THE APPELLANT FALL FAR SHORT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF A REASONABLE CAUSE THAT IS ENVISAGED IN THE INCOME - TAX ACT. PRIORITIZING THE BUSINESS PAYME NTS OVER THE SELF ASSESSMENT TAX PAYMENT IS NOT AN ADEQUATE JUSTIFICATION. THE APPELLANT WAS DUTY BOUND TO MAKE THE PAYMENT OF SELF ASSESSMENT TAX AT THE TIME OF FILING OF THE RETURN OF INCOME WITHIN THE DUE DATE U/S 139(1) OF THE ACT SO AS TO AVOID PEN AL CONSEQUENCES. IN PRINCIPLE THE LEVY OF PENALTY U/S 221(1) IS FOUND TO BE JUSTIFIED. HOWEVER CONSIDERING THE DELAY OF LESS THAN A MONTH I HEREBY DIRECT THE AO TO REDUCE THE PENALTY TO 10% OF THE UNPAID SELF ASSESSMENT TAX AT THE TIME OF FILING OF TH E RETURN OF INCOME AS AGAINST THE 20% OF PENALTY LEVIED BY THE AO. ACCORDINGLY THE PENALTY U/S 221(1) IS REDUCED TO RS.1 72 405/ - AS AGAINST THE PENALTY OF RS.3 41 956/ - LEVIED BY THE AO. 7. ON GOING THROUGH THE ORDER OF CIT(A) WE DO NOT FIND ANY VAL ID REASON TO INTERFERE WITH THE FINDINGS OF CIT(A) THAT PENALTY PROVISIONS OF SEC.221(1) OF THE ACT ARE ATTRACTED. HOWEVER TAKING THE TOTALITY OF FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES WE REDUCE THE PENALTY TO 5% AS AGAINST 10% CONFIRMED BY THE CIT(A). 8 . IN THE RE SULT APPEAL OF ASSESSEE IS PARTLY ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON THIS 21 / 10 / 201 6 SD/ - SD/ - RAJENDRA C.N.PRASAD / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER / JUDICIAL MEMBER MUMBAI ; DATED 21 / 10 /201 6 / SSL/ PKM S PS /PS ITA NO.2246/15 4 COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : / BY ORDER ( ASSTT. REGISTRAR) / ITAT MUMBAI 1. / THE APPELLANT 2. / TH E RESPONDENT. 3. / THE CIT(A) MUMBAI. 4. / CIT 5. / DR ITAT MUMBAI 6. GUARD FILE. //TRUE COPY//