Virakat Human Resources Development Charitable Trust, Barnala v. DCIT,CPC/ITO-Ward-1, Barnala

ITA 242/CHANDI/2021 | 2018-19
Pronouncement Date: 01-11-2021 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 24221514 RSA 2021
Assessee PAN AAKCS7555F
Bench Chandigarh
Appeal Number ITA 242/CHANDI/2021
Duration Of Justice 1 month(s) 11 day(s)
Appellant Virakat Human Resources Development Charitable Trust, Barnala
Respondent DCIT,CPC/ITO-Ward-1, Barnala
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 01-11-2021
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Assessment Year 2018-19
Appeal Filed On 21-09-2021
Judgment Text
    “ब”  IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL CHANDIGARH BENCH “B” CHANDIGARH 炈ीमती 炈ीमती炈ीमती 炈ीमती 琈दवा 琈दवा琈दवा 琈दवा 琐संह 琐संह琐संह 琐संह 瀈याियक 瀈याियक瀈याियक 瀈याियक सद瀡य सद瀡यसद瀡य सद瀡य एवं एवंएवं एवं 炈ीमती 炈ीमती炈ीमती 炈ीमती अ玂पूणा榁 अ玂पूणा榁अ玂पूणा榁 अ玂पूणा榁 गु玅ा गु玅ागु玅ा गु玅ा लेखा लेखालेखा लेखा सद瀡य सद瀡यसद瀡य सद瀡य BEFORE: SMT. DIVA SINGH JM & SMT.ANNAPURNA GUPTA AM आयकर अपील सं./ ITA No. 189/Chd/2021 र  / Assessment Year : 2017-18 Sanchi Management Services Private Limited SCO 358 Sectoor-44-D Chandigarh. बम VS The Income Tax Officer Ward 5(2) Chandigarh. यी ल सं./PAN No: AAKCS7555F अपील/Appellant य/Respondent र ी क! र स/Assessee by : Shri A.K. Jindal CA. र# क! र स/ Revenue by : Shri Ashok Khanna Addl.CIT स $ % क! र&/Date of Hearing : 09.11.2021 '()* क! र&/Date of Pronouncement : 15.11.2021 Hearing conducted via Webex देश/ORDER Per Annapurna Gupta Accountant Mem ber : The present appeal has been filed by the assessee against the order of the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) National Faceless Appeal Centre (NFAC) Delhi (in short referred to as CIT(A) dated 22.06.2021 relating to A.Y. 2017-18 ITA .189/CHD/2021 A.Y. 2017-18 Page 2 of 6 passed u/s 250(6) of the Income Tax Act 1961(hereinafter referred to as “Act”). 2. The solitary issue in the present appeal relates to the addition made to the income of the assessee in the intimation made u/s 143(1) of the Act by disallowing delayed payments of employees contribution to ESI and PF amounting to Rs. 55 07 187/- by invoking the provisions of section 36(l)(va) of the Act. 3. The Ld.CIT(A) upheld the addition relying upon various decisions of the ITAT and Hon’ble High Courts and also on the basis of the amendment effected by the Finance Act 2021 to section 43B of the Act by insertion of Explanation-5 and to section 36(l)(va) of the Act by insertion of Explanation-2 both to the effect that due date for payment of employees' contribution to ESI and PF for the purpose of claiming deduction of the said amount as per the provisions of section 36(l)(va) of the Act was not governed by section 43B stipulating the due date to be till the filing of return of income u/s 139(1) of the Act meaning thereby the employees' contribution to ESI and PF was to be paid by due date specified in their respective Acts for the purpose of claiming deduction thereof. The ITA .189/CHD/2021 A.Y. 2017-18 Page 3 of 6 Ld.CIT(A) held that the said amendment to be clarificatory and hence retrospective in application. Accordingly the contention of the Ld.Counsel for the assessee that the issue already stood decided in its favour by the Hon'ble Jurisdictional High Court in the case of CIT vs. Rai Agro Industries(2011) 334 ITR 122(P&H) & CIT vs Hemla Embroidery Mills (P) Ltd(2014) 366 ITR 167(P&H) was brushed aside and the addition upheld. 4. This issue has been dealt with and adjudicated by the ITAT in a number of cases consistently ruling in favour of the assessee holding that the amendment to section 43B of the Act by insertion of Explanation-5 and to section 36(l)(va) of the Act by insertion of Explanation-2 by the Finance Act 2021 is prospective and the issue otherwise stands decided by the jurisdictional high court in favour of the assessee. In the case of Ajay Piplani Vs Assistant Director of Income Tax CPC Bengaluru in ITA No. 114/CHD/2021 order dated 04.10.2021 the issue has been adjudicated at para 5 to 7 of the order as under : “5. We have heard both the parties. It is not denied that the employees contribution to ESI and PF was allowable and claimed as deduction by the assessee on the strength of various decisions of the jurisdictional High Court holding contributions deposited by the due date of filing of return of income u/s 139(1) of the Act as allowable. The Revenue has disallowed the same in the ITA .189/CHD/2021 A.Y. 2017-18 Page 4 of 6 impugned year by applying the amendment made by Finance Act 2021 to section 36(l)(va) and 43B of the Act allowing the claim of such deduction only when paid by due dates specified in their respective Acts holding the amendment to be applicable on all pending cases post the amendment. 6. We have gone through the orders of the coordinate Benches of the ITAT cited by the Ld.Counsel for the assessee before us and have noted that it has been consistently held that the amendment to section 36(l)(va) and u/s 43B of the Act effected by the Finance Act 2021 is applicable prospectively reading from the Notes on Clauses at the time of introduction of the Finance Act 2021 specifically stating the amendment being applicable in relation to assessment year 2021-22 and subsequent years. Therefore the addition we hold cannot be made on the strength of the amendment effected by Finance Act 2021 to section 36(l)(va)/43B of the Act. Moreover it is an admitted position that the jurisdictional High Court has in various decisions held that employees contribution to ESI & PF is allowable if paid by the due date of filing return of income u/s 139(1) of the Act. The jurisdictional High Court has held so in the following cases: 1) CIT Vs. Nuchem Limited ITA No.323 of 2009 2) CIT Vs. Hernia Embroidery Mills Pvt. Ltd.(2014) 366 ITR 167 7. In view of the above we hold that the claim of employees contribution to ESI and PF as per section 36(l)(va) of the Act cannot be denied in the impugned year i.e. 2019-20 on the basis of amendment made to the section by Finance Act 2021. The order of the Ld.CIT(A) upholding the said disallowance to the ITA .189/CHD/2021 A.Y. 2017-18 Page 5 of 6 tune of Rs. 18 21 088/- is therefore set aside and the AO is directed to allow the claim of the assessee.” On similar lines the issue has been adjudicated in favour of the assessee in the case of M/s. Jupiter Aqua Lines Pvt. Ltd vs DCIT Circle 6(1) Mohali in ITA No.83/Chd/2021 dated 27 th August 2021. 5. Since the facts and issue involved in the present appeal admittedly is identical relating to the disallowance on account of delayed payments of employees’ contribution to ESI and PF made as per the amendment made to Section 36(1)(va) of the Act by the Finance Act 2021 though admittedly the amounts stood paid before the due date of filing of return of income the issue therefore is squarely covered by the aforesaid decisions. Following the same the disallowance made of ESI/PF employees’ contribution u/s 36(1)(va) amounting to Rs.55 07 187/- is deleted. 6. In the result appeal of the assessee is allowed. Order pronounced on 15 th November 2021. Sd/- Sd/- ( !) (  # $ % &') (DIVA SINGH) (ANNAPURNA GUPTA) 瀈याियक 瀈याियक瀈याियक 瀈याियक सद瀡य सद瀡यसद瀡य सद瀡य/ Judicial Member लेखा लेखालेखा लेखा सद瀡य सद瀡यसद瀡य सद瀡य/ Accountant Member *र'ी* ITA .189/CHD/2021 A.Y. 2017-18 Page 6 of 6 आदेश क琉 灹ितिलिप अ灡ेिषत/ Copy of the order forwarded to : 1. अपीलाथ牸/ The Appellant 2. 灹瀄यथ牸/ The Respondent 3. आयकर आयु猴/ CIT 4. आयकर आयु猴 (अपील)/ The CIT(A) 5. िवभागीय 灹ितिनिध आयकर अपीलीय आिधकरण च瀃डीगढ़/ DR ITAT CHANDIGARH 6. गाड榁 फाईल/ Guard File आदेशानुसार/ By order सहायक पंजीकार/ Assistant Registrar