The Dy. CIT, Circle-7,, Ahmedabad v. Shri Sandip K.Patel,, Ahmedabad

ITA 2284/AHD/2014 | 2011-2012
Pronouncement Date: 30-04-2015

Appeal Details

RSA Number 228420514 RSA 2014
Assessee PAN ABNPP1812F
Bench Ahmedabad
Appeal Number ITA 2284/AHD/2014
Duration Of Justice 8 month(s) 21 day(s)
Appellant The Dy. CIT, Circle-7,, Ahmedabad
Respondent Shri Sandip K.Patel,, Ahmedabad
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-04-2015
Appeal Filed By Department
Bench Allotted A
Tribunal Order Date 30-04-2015
Date Of Final Hearing 23-04-2015
Next Hearing Date 23-04-2015
Assessment Year 2011-2012
Appeal Filed On 08-08-2014
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL A BENCH AHMEDABAD BEFORE SHRI PRAMOD KUMAR ACCOUNTANT MEMBER AND SHRI S.S. GODARA JUDICIAL MEMBER ITA NO . 2284 /AHD/201 4 & CO NO.274/AHD/2014 A. Y. 20 11 - 12 DCIT CIRCLE - 7 AHMEDABAD VS SHRI SANDIP K PATEL PROP . OF MEET MARKETING F - 102 BALESHWAR SQUARE OPP. ISCON TEMPLE SG HIGHWAY AHMEDABAD PAN : ABNPP 1812 F (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT /CROSS - OBJECTOR ) REVENUE BY : S HRI P.L. KUREEL SR. D.R. ASSESSEE(S) BY : SHRI S.N. DIVATIA AR / DATE OF HEARING : 2 3 / 0 4 /201 5 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 30 / 0 4 /201 5 / O R D E R PER SHRI S.S. GODARA JUDICIAL MEMBER TH IS REVENUE S APPEAL AND ASSESSEE S CROSS - OBJECTIONS FOR A.Y S . 20 11 - 12 ARISE FROM ORDER OF THE CIT(A) - XIV AHMEDABAD DATED 21.05.2014 RESTRICTING IMPUGNED COMMISSION EXPENSES DISALLOWANCE OF RS.69 40 154/ - TO RS.8 33 000/ - U/S 40A(2)(B) IN PROCEEDING U/S 143(3) OF THE INCOME - TAX ACT 1961 (IN SHORT THE ACT). 2. THE REVENUE S GROUNDS PLEAD FOR RESTORATION OF ENTIRE DISALLOWANCE AMOUNTING TO RS.69 40 154/ - ARISING FROM COMMISSION PAYMENTS MADE BY THE ASSESSEE TO HIS BROTHER SHRI AMIT K PATEL BY CALLING IT EXCESSIVE AND UNREASONABLE U/S 40A(2)(B) OF THE ACT. THE ITA NO. 2284 /AHD/201 4 & CO 274/AHD/2014 DCIT VS. SANDIP K PATEL FOR A.Y. 2011 - 12 - 2 - AS SESSEE S CROSS - OBJECTIONS SEEK TO DELETE THE REMAINING SUM OF RS.8 33 000/ - ALSO TO BE DELETED. 3. FACTS OF THE CASE ARE IN A NARROW COMPASS . THE ASSESSEE PAID A SUM OF RS.81 40 154/ - TO HIS BROTHER SHRI AMIT K PATEL (PROPRIETOR OF MEET ENTERPRISE) TOW ARDS SALES COMMISSION. THE ASSESSING OFFICER INVOKED SECTION 40A(2)(B) OF THE ACT KEEPING IN MIND THE ASSESSEE S TURNOVER. THE ASSESSEE APPEARS TO HAVE STRONGLY JUSTIFIED THE SAME BY HIGHLIGHTING HIS BROTHER S EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION IN THE FIELD. T HE ASSESSING OFFICER IN ASSESSMENT ORDER DATED 25.03.2013 OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD PAID THE SAID SUM AT THE RATE OF 250% OF THE SALARY AND OTHER BENEFITS GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES AND ALSO MORE THAN 25% OF THE GROSS PROFIT S . HE HELD THAT ONLY A SUM OF RS. 1 2 LACS WAS A REASONABLE COMMISSION PAYMENT AND DISALLOWED THE BALANCE AMOUNT OF RS.69 40 154/ - AS UNJUSTIFIABLE AND EXCESSIVE. THE SAID SUM STOOD ADDED IN THE ASSESSEE S TAXABLE INCOME ACCORDINGLY. 4. THE CIT(A) HAS PARTLY ACCEPTED THE ASSESSEE S CONTE NTION IN THE LOWER APPELLATE ORDER BY RESTRICTING THE IMPUGNED DISALLOWANCE TO THAT @ 12% OF RS.69 40 154/ - COMING TO RS.8 33 000/ - BY FOLLOWING HIS ORDER OF THE PRECEDING ASSESSMENT YEAR AFFIRMED BY THE T RIBUNAL. THE ASSESSEE HAS SUCCEEDED IN GETTING REL IEF OF RS.61 07 154/ - IN THE LOWER APPELLATE PROCEEDINGS. BOTH PARTIES ARE AGGRIEVED IN THIS BACKDROP OF FACTS. THE REVENUE ARGUES IN FAVOUR OF THE ENTIRE DISALLOWANCE . THE ASSESSEE S CROSS - OBJECTIONS JUSTIFY THE WHOLE PAYMENT TO BE REASONABLE AS PAID T O HIS BROTHER. ITA NO. 2284 /AHD/201 4 & CO 274/AHD/2014 DCIT VS. SANDIP K PATEL FOR A.Y. 2011 - 12 - 3 - 5. WE HAVE HEARD BOTH THE SIDES AND PERUSED THE CASE FILE. RELEVANT FACTS OF THE CASE STAND NARRATED IN THE PRECEDING PARAGRAPHS. THE SOLE QUESTION THAT ARISES FOR OUR CONSIDERATION IS AS TO WHETHER THE ASSESSEE S COMMISSION PAYMENT (SUPR A) PAID TO HIS BROTHER ARE TO BE DISALLOWED U/S 40A(2)(B) OR NOT BEING EXCESSIVE OR UNREASONABLE. THE CASE FILE REVEALS THAT THE CO - ORDINATE BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL IN ASSESSEE S OWN CASES PERTAINING TO ASSESSMENT YEARS 2008 - 09 AND 2009 - 10 DECIDED ON 23.08. 2013 HOLDS THAT HIS PAYEE BROTHER IS QUALIFIED ENOUGH TO PERFOR M THE MARKETING DUTIES ASSIGNED. AT THE SAME TIME IT HAS PARTLY ACCEPTED THE REVENUE S CONTENTION DISALLOWING THE SIMILAR COMMISSION TO THE TUNE OF RS.5 LACS OUT OF THE SUM DISALLOWED OF RS. 40 LACS AND RS.4.5 LACS OUT OF RS.37.67 LACS @ APPROXIMATELY 12% THEREOF. BOTH PARTIES ARE UNABLE TO REBUT THIS FACTUAL POSITION. THE CIT(A) IN THE INSTANT CASE HAS ALSO PROCEEDED ON THE SAME FORMULA. IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES WE ADOPT CONSISTENCY AND REJECT B OTH PARTIES GROUNDS RAISED IN THE APPEAL AND CROSS - OBJECTIONS; RESPECTIVELY. THE CIT(A) S FINDINGS STAND AFFIRMED. 6. THE REVENUE S APPEAL AND ASSESSEE S CROSS - OBJECTIONS ARE DISMISSED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE COURT ON THIS DAY THE 30 TH APRIL 201 5 AT AHMEDABAD. SD/ - SD/ - ( PRAMOD KUMAR ) ( S.S. GODARA ) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER AHMEDABAD; DATED / 0 4 / 20 1 5 ITA NO. 2284 /AHD/201 4 & CO 274/AHD/2014 DCIT VS. SANDIP K PATEL FOR A.Y. 2011 - 12 - 4 - / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT 2. / THE RESPONDENT. 3. / CONCERNED CIT 4. ( ) / THE CIT(A) AHMEDABAD 5. / DR ITAT AHMEDABAD 6. / GUARD FILE . / BY ORDER / ( DY./ASSTT.REGISTRAR) / ITAT AHMEDABAD