Smt. Bhartiben Sureshchandra Patel, Valsad v. Income Tax Officer (International taxation), Surat

ITA 23/SRT/2017 | 2012-2013
Pronouncement Date: 17-05-2021 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 2325614 RSA 2017
Assessee PAN DWAPP6193J
Bench Surat
Appeal Number ITA 23/SRT/2017
Duration Of Justice 3 year(s) 9 month(s) 7 day(s)
Appellant Smt. Bhartiben Sureshchandra Patel, Valsad
Respondent Income Tax Officer (International taxation), Surat
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 17-05-2021
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 17-05-2021
Assessment Year 2012-2013
Appeal Filed On 09-08-2017
Judgment Text
INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL SURAT BENCH SURAT BEFORE SHRI PAWAN SINGH HON'BLE JUDICIAL MEMBER AND DR. SHRI ARJUN LAL SAINI HON'BLE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER (VIRTUAL HEARING) . . ./ I.T.A NO.23/SRT/2017 [ [ / ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2012-13 SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL C/O. SHAILESHBHAI G.PATEL BHAGWATI BUNGLOW MANINAGAR SOCIETY TITHAL ROAD VALSAD 396001. [PAN: DWAPP 6193 J] VS . THE INCOME TAX OFFICER (INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT. / APPELLANT /RESPONDENT [ /ASSESSEE BY NONE. /REVENUE BY SMT. ANUPAMA SINGLA SR.DR / DATE OF HEARING: 17 . 0 5 .20 2 1 /PRONOUNCEMENT ON: 17 . 0 5 .202 1 /O R D E R PER PAWAN SINGH JUDICIAL MEMEBER: 1. THIS APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF LD. COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)-13 AHMEDABAD HEREINAFTER REFERRED AS LD. CIT(A) DATED 31.05.2017 FOR ASSESSMENT YEAR (AY) 2012-13. THE ASSESSE HAS RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL: [1] LR.CIT[A] AHMEDABAD HAS ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS TO DISMISS APPELLANTS APPEAL EX-PARTE I.E. WITHOUT GOING INTO THE MERITS OF THE CASE OVERLOOKING THE FACT THAT THE APPELLANT IS NRI PERMANENTLY RESIDING AT U.K. AND RECEIVED PAN ONLINE ONLY ON DT. 6/7/2017. THEREFORE ELECTRONICALLY FILING OF APPEAL IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR WANT OF DSC. SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL VS. ITO(INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT../ ITA NO.23/SRT/2017 FOR A.Y. 2012-13 2 [2] LR.CIT[A] AHMEDABAD HAS ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS TO DISCUSS AND DECIDE APPELLANTS GROUND FOR REOPENING OF HER ASSESSMENT U/S 147 AND ISSUE OF NOTICE U/S 148 OF THE ACT. [3] LR.CIT[A] AHMEDABAD HAS ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS TO DISCUSS AND DECIDE APPELLANTS CASE ON MERITS WITH RESPECT TO ADDITION OF RS.19 85 000/- MADE BY THE A.O; THAT TOO MENTIONING ANY HEAD OF INCOME IN ASSESSMENT ORDER. 2. BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE IS AN INDIVIDUAL AND IS STAYING AT UNITED KINGDOM (UK) AND HAVING STATUS OF NON RESIDENT INDIAN (NRI). THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE WAS REOPENED UNDER SECTION 147 OF THE ACT ON 09.072015. THE NOTICE UNDER SECTION 148 OF THE ACT DATED 09.07.2015 WAS ISSUED TO THE ASSESSEE AFTER RECORDING THE REASONS FOR REOPENING. THE CASE WAS REOPENED ON THE BASIS OF INFORMATION FROM THE OFFICE OF INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD-4 VALSAD THAT IN THE CASE OF SHRI SHAILESH G PATEL FOR THE A.Y. 2012-13 THE ASSESSING OFFICER (AO) NOTED THAT ASSESSEE BEING AN NRI HAD GIVEN RS.39 LAKHS TO SHRI SHAILESH G PATEL IN A.Y. 2007-08. SHRI SHAILESH G PATEL IS THE BROTHER OF THE ASSESSEE. THE ASSESSEE RECEIVED RS.58 85 000/- FROM HER BROTHER. THEREFORE THE AO WAS OF THE VIEW THAT ASSESSEE EARNED INTEREST INCOME OF RS.19.85 LAKHS (58 85 000 39 00 000= 19 85 000). SINCE NO RETURN OF INCOME IS FILED BY ASSESSEE THE AO WAS OF THE VIEW THAT ASSESSEE IS LIABLE TO BE TAXED IN INDIA IN RESPECT OF INTEREST INCOME EARNED BY HER IN INDIA. THE AO NOTED THAT AFTER SERVICE OF NOTICE UNDER SECTION 148 OF THE ACT NO SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL VS. ITO(INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT../ ITA NO.23/SRT/2017 FOR A.Y. 2012-13 3 COMPLIANCE WAS MADE BY ASSESSEE NOR ANY RETURN OF INCOME WAS FILED. THE AO REQUIRED CERTAIN DETAILS BY ISSUING NOTICE UNDER SECTION 142(1) OF THE ACT AND ASKED THE ASSESSEE AS TO WHY RS.19 85 000/- SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS INTEREST INCOME. THE AO FURTHER NOTED THAT IN RESPONSE TO THE SHOW CAUSE NOTICE SHRI RAJESH M. UPADHYAY APPEARED ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE AND FURNISHED WRITTEN SUBMISSION. IN THE REPLY IT WAS EXPLAINED THAT ON BEHALF OF ASSESSEE THAT ASSESSEE MADE PAYMENT OF RS.39 LAKHS TO HER BROTHER IN FINANCIAL YEAR (F.Y.) 2006-07 FOR CREATION OF SPECIFIC RIGHT IN THE LAND IN PARNERA PARDI. HER BROTHER SHRI SHAILESH G PATEL DECIDED TO SELL THE LAND IN F.Y. 2011-12 (YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION) THE ASSESSEE MUTUALLY AGREED TO RELEASE HER SPECIFIC SHARE ON SALE OF SUCH PROPERTY FOR ON CONSIDERATION OF RS.58.85 LAKHS. THE ASSESSEE RECEIVED SUCH AMOUNT AS PER MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) WITH HER BROTHER. ACCORDINGLY THE SHRI SHAILESH G PATEL BROTHER AS PAID THE AMOUNT AS PER THE AGREEMENT. THE EXPLANATION FURNISHED BY ASSESSEE NOT ACCEPTED. THE A.O. WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THOUGH DETAILS OF PAYMENT ARE FOUND TO BE CORRECT. HOWEVER THE MOU DO NOT SEEMS TO BE GENUINE AS THE SAME IS NOT AUTHENTICATED BY COMPETENT AUTHORITY. THE ASSESSEE CLAIMED LONG TERM CAPITAL GAIN [LTCG] FOR AMOUNT OF RS.19 85 000/- WHICH CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AS THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT PROVIDED ANY VALID AND REGISTERED DOCUMENT. THE AO COMPLETED THE ASSESSMENT UNDER SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL VS. ITO(INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT../ ITA NO.23/SRT/2017 FOR A.Y. 2012-13 4 SECTION 144 R.W.S 147 OF THE ACT ON 20.12.2016 AND ASSESSED THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE AT RS.19 85 000/-. 3. AGGRIEVED BY THE ADDITIONS THE ASSESSEE FILED APPEAL BEFORE THE LD.CIT(A) ON 25.01.2017. THE ASSESSEE FILED PAPER FORM. THE LD.CIT(A) ISSUED SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 05.05.2017 AS TO WHY APPEAL SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS INVALID AS PER AMENDED RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX RULES WHICH MANDATES COMPULSORY FILING OF ELECTRONIC APPEAL BEFORE THE LD.CIT(A) W.E.F. 01.01.2016. THE LD.CIT(A) RECORDED THAT THE ASSESSEE NOT RESPONDED TO THE SHOW CAUSE NOTICE AND ACCORDINGLY APPEAL WAS NOT ADMITTED AND DISMISSED VIDE ORDER DATED 31.05.2017. FURTHER AGGRIEVED THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED THIS APPEAL BEFORE THIS TRIBUNAL. 4. NONE APPEARED ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE. ON PERUSAL OF THE RECORD WE FIND THAT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE WAS DISMISSED BEING NOT ADMITTED AS THE APPEAL WAS NOT FILED ELECTRONICALLY. THE LD. CIT(A) HAS NOT ADJUDICATED THE APPEAL ON MERIT. FURTHER THE LD. CIT(A) HAS NOT RECORDED WHETHER SHOW CAUSE NOTICE DATED 04.05.2017 WAS SERVED EITHER ON THE ASSESSEE OR ON HER REPRESENTATIVE. THIS FACT WAS CONFRONTED WITH THE LD.SR.DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE (SR.DR) FOR THE REVENUE. THE ASSESSEE FILED PAPER APPEAL AFTER CUT-OFF DATE AS PROVIDED IN CBDT NOTIFICATION NO.50637/(E) DATED 01.03.2016 R.W.S 249 (1) R.W.S 295 OF THE ACT. THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT FOLLOWED THE MANDATE OF RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX RULE 1962. ON THE BASIS OF AFORESAID NOTIFICATION THE LD.SR.DR TRIED TO DEFEND THE ORDER OF LD. CIT(A) ON THE GROUND THAT AFTER AMENDMENT OF RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL VS. ITO(INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT../ ITA NO.23/SRT/2017 FOR A.Y. 2012-13 5 RULES THE ASSESSEE WAS REQUIRED TO FILE FIRST APPEAL BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) ELECTRONICALLY. THE LD.SR.DR FURTHER CONFRONTED THAT IN A NO.OF APPEALS ON DISMISSING THE APPEAL FOR THE WANT OF FILING APPEAL ELECTRONICALLY THE APPEALS WERE RESTORED TO THE FILE OF LD. CIT(A) TO ADJUDICATE THE APPEAL ON MERIT AFTER GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO THE ASSESSEE TO COMPLY THE FORMALITIES RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX RULES. THE LD.SR.DR SUBMITS THAT THE BENCH MAY TAKE DECISION IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW. 5. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSION OF LD. SR.DR FOR THE REVENUE AND THE STATEMENT OF FACTS ATTACHED WITH FORM 36 (APPEAL FORM). IN THE STATEMENT OF FACTS THE ASSESSEE STATED THAT HE IS NON-RESIDENT AND NO RETURN OF INCOME WAS FILED FOR A.Y. 2012-13 AS THERE WAS NO TAXABLE INCOME FOR SAID YEAR. THE ASSESSING OFFICER MADE ADDITION OF RS.19.50 LAKHS ON ACCOUNT OF INTEREST INCOME. AGGRIEVED BY THE ADDITIONS THE ASSESSEE FILED APPEAL BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A). THE APPEAL OF ASSESSEE WAS DISMISSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) FOR TECHNICAL REASON AS RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX RULES 1962 WAS AMENDED W.E.F. 01.03.2016 AND THAT APPEAL WAS INSTITUTED ON 25.01.2017. THE LD.CIT(A) DISMISSED THE APPEAL FOR TECHNICAL REASONS AND WITHOUT DISCUSSING THE MERIT OF THE CASE AS MANDATED UNDER SECTION 250(6) OF THE ACT. WE HAVE FURTHER NOTED THAT THOUGH THE RULE 45 AMENDED W.E.F 01.03.2016 WITHOUT CORRESPONDING AMENDMENT IN SECTION 249 OF INCOME TAX ACT. IT IS SETTLED POSITION OF LAW THAT RULE CANNOT SUBSTITUTE THE STATUTORY PROVISION. HENCE KEEPING IN VIEW OF THE AFORESAID FACTS THE APPEAL IS RESTORED BACK TO THE FILE OF LD. CIT(A) TO ADJUDICATE THE APPEAL ON MERIT. THE ASSESSEE IS ALSO DIRECTED TO COMPLY THE PROCEDURE FOR FILING SMT. BHARTIBEN SURESHCHANDRA PATEL VS. ITO(INTERNATIONAL TAXATION) SURAT../ ITA NO.23/SRT/2017 FOR A.Y. 2012-13 6 APPEAL ELECTRONICALLY AS PER THE AMENDED RULE 45 OF INCOME TAX RULES 1962 IF NO SUCH APPEAL IS FILED ELECTRONICALLY. THE ASSESSEE IS GIVEN LIBERTY TO FILE PROPER APPLICATION FOR SEEKING CONDONATION OF DELAY IF SO REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION OF APPEAL BEFORE THE LD.CIT(A). THE LD.CIT(A) IS FURTHER DIRECTED TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATION FOR CONDONATION OF DELAY IF SO FILED SYMPATHETICALLY BY TAKING FACTS FOR HIS CONSIDERATION THAT AFTER DISMISSAL OF HIS APPEAL BY FIRST APPELLATE AUTHORITY THE ASSESSEE WAS PURSUING HIS REMEDY BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL FOR SEEKING RESTORATION OF APPEAL ACCORDINGLY APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSE. 6. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSE. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON 17 TH MAY 2021 AT THE TIME OF HEARING OF THE APPEAL. SD/- SD/- ( DR. ARJUN LAL SAINI) (PAWAN SINGH ) ( / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ) ( / JUDICIAL MEMBER ) / SURAT DATED : 17 TH MAY 2021 / SGR COPY OF ORDER SENT TO- ASSESSEE/AO/PR. CIT/ CIT (A)/ ITAT (DR) GUARD FILE OF ITAT. BY ORDER / / TRUE COPY / / ASSISTANT REGISTRAR SURAT