Smt. Ranjita Nayak, Bhubaneswar v. DCIT, Circle-2(2), Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar

ITA 25/CTK/2015 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 09-11-2017 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 2522114 RSA 2015
Assessee PAN ADOPN2618Q
Bench Cuttack
Appeal Number ITA 25/CTK/2015
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 9 month(s) 28 day(s)
Appellant Smt. Ranjita Nayak, Bhubaneswar
Respondent DCIT, Circle-2(2), Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 09-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted DB
Tribunal Order Date 09-11-2017
Date Of Final Hearing 25-04-2017
Next Hearing Date 25-04-2017
First Hearing Date 25-04-2017
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 12-01-2015
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL CUTTACK BENCH CUTTACK BEFORE SHRI N.S.SAINI AM & SHRI PAV AN KUMAR GADALE JM ./ ITA NO. 25 / CTK /20 1 5 ( / ASSESSMENT YEAR : 20 10 - 20 11 ) SMT. RANJITA NAYAK AT - PLOT NO.270A SAHID NAGAR BHUBANESWAR - 751007 DISTRICT - KHURDA ODISHA VS. THE DCIT CIRCLE - 2(2) BHUBANESWAR ./ ./ PAN/GIR NO. : A DOPN 2618 Q ( / APPELLANT ) .. ( / RESPONDENT ) /ASSESSEE BY : SHRI P.K.MISHRA AR /REVENUE BY : SHRI D.K.PRADHAN DR / DATE OF HEARING : 24 / 1 0 /201 7 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT 09 / 11 /201 7 / O R D E R PER SHRI N.S.SAINI A M : TH IS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE A SSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) BERHAMPUR (CAMP: BHUBANESWAR ) DATED 07.10.2014 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010 - 2011 . 2. GROUND NO.1 READS AS UNDER : - (1) FOR THAT THE DISALLOWANCE/ADDITION OF HIRING CHARGES OF MACHINERY & TIPPERS AMOUNTING TO RS.66 6 2 255/ - UNDER INVOCATION OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) AS TAX IS LIABLE TO BE DEDUCTED U/S.194C OF THE ACT BY THE LD. AO AND UPHELD BY THE LD. CIT(A) IS CONTRARY TO THE ACT AND SETTLED POSSESSION OF LAW PARTICULARLY WHEN ONLY RS.72875/ - WAS PAYABLE BY THE APPELLAN T AS ON THE DUE DATE U/S.139(1) OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THE ADDITION ON THIS ACCOUNT IS LIABLE TO BE DELETED. 3. THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED EXPENSES OF RS.66 62 225/ - IN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT TOWARDS HIRING OF MACHINES & TIPPERS. HE OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT DEDUCTED TDS FROM THE ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 2 PAYMENT ON HIRING CHARGES. ON BEING SHOW - CAUSED THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED AS UNDER : I WAS DOING SUB - CONTRACT WORK OF EXCAVATION REMOVING OVERBURDEN WORK AT THE SITE OF M/S. DILLIP KUMAR NAYAK. D URING THE COURSE OF MY BUSINESS I HAD HIRED MACHINERIES SUCH AS JCB EXCAVATOR LOADERS AND TIPPERS FOR THE ABOVE WORK. I HAD TREATED ALL THESE EARTH MOVING VEHICLES AS MACHINERIES AND NOT DEDUCTED TDS SINCE THE PAYMENT AGAINST HIRING TO EACH PARTY WAS NO T ABOVE RUPEES 1 80 000/ - AND I WAS NOT LIABLE TO DEDUCT TAX AT SOURCE WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 194 - I OF THE INCOME TAX ACT. 3.1 THE AO DID NOT FIND THE EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE IS CONVINCING. ACCORDING TO HIM THE MACHINERIES USED BY THE ASSESSEE IS EARTHMOVING VEHICLES WHICH ARE BOOKED ON CONTRACT BASIS AND ARE PAID ON HOURS OF WORK PERFORMED OR TONNAGE OF GOODS MOVED EACH CREDIT IN THE ACCOUNT WAS MORE THAN RS.20 000/ - AND TOTAL CREDIT/PAYMENT TO EACH PARTY UNDER THIS HEAD WAS IN EXCESS OF RUP EES 50 000/ - . ACCORDING TO HIM AS PER PROVISIONS OF INCOME TAX 1961 THE ASSESSEE IS LIABLE TO DEDUCT TAX U/S.194C OF THE ACT FROM THE PAYMENTS MADE TO SUCH PARTIES. AS THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT DEDUCTED TDS THE AO INVOKED THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT AND DISALLOWED DEDUCTION OF RS.55 72 255/ - OF THE ASSESSEE. 3.2 ON APPEAL THE CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE ACTION OF AO FOR THE VERY SAME REASON. 3.3 BEFORE US LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE REITERATED THE SUBMISSIONS MADE BEFORE THE AO AND CIT(A). ON THE OT HER HAND LD. DR SUPPORTED THE ORDERS OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES. 3.4 WE HAVE HEARD RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. IN THE INSTANT CASE THE UNDISPUTED FACTS OF THE CASE ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 3 ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A MINING CONTRACTOR. DURING TH E YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION THE ASSESSEE HIRED MACHINES AND TIPPERS AND PAID HIRE CHARGES OF RS.66 72 255/ - . ACCORDING TO THE AO THE ASSESSEE SHOULD HAVE DEDUCTED TDS U/S.194C OF THE ACT. ON BEING SHOW - CAUSED THE ASSESSEE EXPLAINED BEFORE THE AO THAT THE A SSESSEE WAS UNDER BONAFIDE BELIEF THAT IT HAS HIRED THE MACHINERIES SUCH AS JCB EXCAVATORS LOADERS AND TIPPERS HE WAS LIABLE TO DEDUCT TDS FROM THE SAME U/S.194 - I OF THE ACT IF THE PAYMENT EXCEEDS RS.1 80 000/ - . SINCE THE PAYMENTS MADE TO NONE OF THE P ARTIES EXCEEDED THE SAID LIMIT NO TAX WAS DEDUCTED BY HIM AT SOURCE FROM THE PAYMENTS MADE. THUS THE AO NOT BEING CONVINCED WITH THE SAID EXPLANATION DISALLOWED DEDUCTION OF RS.66 72 255/ - BY INVOKING PROVISIONS OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT WHICH WA S CONFIRMED IN THE APPEAL BY THE CIT(A). WE FIND THAT THE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE AO WAS THAT IT HAS TAKEN ON RENT JCB EXCAVATORS LOADERS AND TIPPERS AND AS THE PAYMENT TO ONE PERSON IN THE YEAR HAS NOT EXCEEDED THE AMOUNT OF RS.1 80 000/ - THE ASSESSEE WAS NOT LIABLE TO DEDUCT ANY TAX AT SOURCE THEREFROM AS PER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 194 - I OF THE ACT. HOWEVER THE ABOVE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE WAS NEGATED BY THE AO ON THE GROUND THAT NORMALLY THE MACHINERIES USED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE B OOKED ON CONTRACT BASIS AND ARE PAID ON HOURS OF WORK PERFORMED OR TONNAGE OF GOODS MOVED AND THEREFORE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 194C OF THE ACT ARE APPLICABLE IN THE INSTANT CASE. ON THE OTHER HAND WHEN THE ASSESSEE TAKES SUCH MACHI NERIES AND TIPPERS ON RENT BASIS AND THE MACHINES ARE USED UNDER THE CONTROL AND ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 4 SUPERVISION OF THE ASSESSEE THEN THE PROVISION OF SECTION 194 - I OF THE ACT IS APPLICABLE. IN OUR VIEW HOW THE AMOUNT OF RENT IS QUANTIFIED IS NOT DETERMINATIVE OF THE NATURE OF THE CONTRACT OR AG REEMENT. WE FIND THAT IN THE INSTANT CASE BOTH THE PARTIES HAVE FAILED TO PRODUCE COPY OF AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO PROVE THE ACTUAL NATURE OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ASSESSEE AND OWNER OF THE TIPPERS AND MACHINES. IN THE ABOVE CIRCUMSTANCES I N OUR CONSIDERED VIEW IT SHALL BE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE TO RESTORE THIS ISSUE BACK TO THE FILE OF AO FOR RE - ADUDICATION AFRESH AFTER VERIFICATION IN THE LIGHT OF THE DISCUSSION MADE HEREINABOVE. THE ASSESSEE IS ALSO DIRECTED TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE BEFOR E THE AO AS AND WHEN CALLED UPON TO DO SO. THUS THIS GROUND OF APPEAL IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. 4. GROUND NO.2 READS AS UNDER : - (2) FOR THAT THE DISALLOWANCE/ADDITION OF WAGES PAYABLE AMOUNTING TO RS.20 00 000/ - BY THE LD. AO AND 50% OF IT SU STAINED BY THE LD. CIT(A) IS ABSOLUTELY BASED ON PRESUMPTION WITHOUT PROPER EXAMINATION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AND DEVOID OF ANY VALID/COGENT REASON THEREFORE THE SAME IS ARBITRARY AND ILLOGICAL. 4.1 BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED TOWARDS WAGES OF RS.2 40 90 560/ - ON RECEIPT OF RS.3 84 26 230/ - AS AGAINST 34 55 630/ - ON A RECEIPT OF RS.1 02 41 760/ - CLAIMED IN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING YEAR. HE FURTHER OBSERVED THAT OUT OF THE TOTAL CLAIM OF RS.2 40 90 560/ - RS.38 59 750/ - REMAINED UNPAID AT THE END OF THE YEAR. HE ALSO NOTICED THAT AN AMOUNT OF RS.19 40 500/ - DEBITED ON 10.02.2010 AND RS.19 24 130/ - ON 31.03.2010 WAS NOT PAID BY THE END ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 5 OF THE YEAR. THE AO DISBELIEVED THAT LABOUR PAYMENT CAN BE KEPT PENDING . HENCE HE DISALLOWED RS.20 00 000/ - AS BOGUS CLAIM ON ESTIMATE BASIS. 4.2 BEFORE THE CIT(A) THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT PAYMENTS FOR LABOUR COULD NOT BE MADE BECAUSE OF HUGE RECEIVABLE FROM THE CONTRACTORS. THE CIT(A) CONSIDERING THE SUBMI SSION OF THE ASSESSEE OBSERVED THAT WHILE LABOUR CHARGES FOR THE MONTH OF THE MARCH WILL ADMITTEDLY REMAIN PAYABLE THERE WAS FORCE IN THE OBSERVATION OF THE AO THAT IT WAS DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE THAT LABOUR CHARGES FOR FEBRUARY WAS NOT PAID EVEN PARTLY. TH E ASSESSEE COULD NOT FURNISH ANY EVIDENCE BEFORE HIM TO SUBSTANTIATE THE ARGUMENTS THAT THE CHARGES WERE PAID IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR. THE CIT(A) ALSO OBSERVED THAT EVEN ACCEPTING THE ASSESSEES CONTENTION THAT HUGE RECEIVABLES POSED A LIQUIDITY PROBLEM TO HER AT ITS FACE VALUE IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT THAT THE ASSESSEE WOULD NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT TO THE LABOURERS AT ALL RELATING TO BILL RAISED IN FEBRUARY. THE AO OBSERVED THAT THERE WAS SUBSTANTIAL CASH WITHDRAWAL BY THE ASSESSEE IN THE MONTH OF MARCH. TH E CIT(A) THEREFORE HELD THAT IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE HE WAS INCLINED TO HOLD THAT ASSESSEE AT BEST COULD HAVE POSTPONED PAYMENT OF 50% OF THE LABOUR CHARGES WOULD BE AROUND RS.10 00 000/ - AND MUST HAVE BEEN PAID BY THE ASSESSEE OUT OF UNDISCLOSED INC OME. THEREFORE THE CIT(A) SUSTAINED DISALLOWANCE OF RS.10 00 000/ - OUT OF THE DISALLOWANCE OF RS.20 00 000/ - MADE BY THE AO. 4.3 BEING STILL AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 6 4.4 LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE REITERATED THE S UBMISSIONS MADE BEFORE THE LOWER AUTHORITIES THAT THE LABOUR PAYMENTS COULD NOT BE MADE BECAUSE OF HUGE RECEIVABLES FROM THE CONTRACTORS. ON THE OTHER HAND LD. DR SUPPORTED THE FINDINGS OF THE CIT(A). 4.5 WE HAVE HEARD RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE OR DERS OF LOWER AUTHORITIES AND MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON RECORD. THE UNDISPUTED FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT MADE PAYMENT FOR LABOUR CHARGES OF RS.19 40 500/ - DEBITED ON 10.02.2010 AND RS.19 24 130/ - DEBITED ON 31.03.201 0 WHICH WAS SHOWN AS OUTSTANDING PAYABLE AS AT THE YEAR END. HE ALSO NOTED THAT IN COMPARE TO THE PAYMENT OF LABOUR CHARGES OF RS.34 55 630/ - IN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING YEAR ON A RECEIPT OF RS.1 02 41 760/ - THE ASSESSEE HAS SHOWN PAYMENT OF LABOUR CHAR GES DURING THE YEAR OF RS. 2 40 90 560/ - AGAINST RECEIPT OF RS.3 84 26 230/ - WHICH WAS MUCH HIGHER. THEREFORE HE TREATED THE LABOUR CHARGES OUTSTANDING PAYABLE AS BOGUS TO THE EXTENT OF RS.20 00 000/ - AND DISALLOWED THE SAME AND ACCORDINGLY MADE ADDITION TO THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. ON APPEAL THE CIT(A) REDUCED THE SAME TO RS.10 00 000/ - ON THE GROUND THAT AT BEST 50% OF THE LABOUR CHARGES REMAINED OUTSTANDING PAYABLE AS AT THE END OF THE YEAR. WE FIND THAT THE CIT(A) HAS OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE FAIL ED TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE TO SUBSTANTIATE THE ARGUMENTS THAT LABOUR CHARGES WERE PAID IN THE SUBSEQUENT PERIOD. FURTHER THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT GIVE ANY EXPLANATION FOR THE FACT FOUND THAT IT HAS MADE HUGE WITHDRAWALS IN CASH FROM THE BANK AND STILL DID NOT M AKE PAYMENT FOR THE LABOUR CHARGES. EVEN WHEN ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 7 QUESTIONED BY THE BENCH TO PRODUCE EVIDENCE WITH REGARD TO PAYMENT OF LABOUR CHARGES IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE EXPRESSED HIS INABILITY TO DO SO. IN THE ABOVE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN OUR CONSIDERED OPINION THE ORDER OF CIT(A) DOES NOT CALL FOR ANY INTERFERENCE BY US THE SAME IS CONFIRMED AND THE GROUND OF APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS DISMISSED. 5. GROUND NO.3 READS AS UNDER : - (3) FOR THAT THE DISALLOWANCE/ADDITION OF INTEREST AMOUNTI NG TO RS.3 32 841/ - UNDER INVOCATION OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) PAID TO L&T FINANCE ON ALLEGED CONTRAVENTION OF SEC.194A OF THE ACT BY THE AUTHORITIES BELOW IS ARBITRARY AND ILLOGICAL PARTICULARLY DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE WITH THE APPELLANT THAT THE SAID FINAN CER HAS ALREADY OFFERED THE INTEREST AMOUNT TO TAX ON THE SAME FINANCIAL YEAR THUS THE SUCH ADDITION IS ALSO LIABLE TO BE DELETED. 5.1 BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD PAID INTEREST OF RS. 3 32 841/ - WITHOUT DEDUCTIN G THE TAX THEREFROM U/S.194 - A OF THE ACT AND THEREFORE BY INVOKING PROVISIONS OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT DISALLOWED THE SAME. ON APPEAL THE CIT(A) OBSERVED THAT THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE WAS OF SIMPLY FINANCING FROM M/S L&T FINANCE THE AMOUNT PAID BY THE ASSESSEE INCLUDED PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST AND THE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED INTEREST OF RS.3 32 841/ - IN ITS PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT. M/S L&T IS NEITHER A BANKING COMPANY NOR A CORPORATION ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT AND HENCE THERE IS NO EXEMPTION FR OM TDS FROM THE PAYMENTS MADE BY THE PERSONS TO THIS CONCERN. HE HELD THAT TDS ADMITTEDLY HAVING NOT BEEN MADE AND FOUND NO INFIRMITY IN THE ACTION OF THE AO IN DISALLOWING THE DEDUCTION U/S.40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT AND THEREFORE CONFIRMED THE ACTION OF THE AO. ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 8 5.2 BEFORE US THE CONTENTION OF THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE WAS THAT NO DISALLOWANCE CAN BE MADE U/S.40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT FOR AN EXPENDITURE CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE ON WHICH NO TAX WAS DEDUCTED IN VIEW OF THE SECOND PROVISO TO SECTION 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT WHICH PROVIDES T HAT WHERE AN ASSESSEE FAILS TO DEDUCT THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE TAX IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER XVII - B ON ANY SUCH SUM BUT IS NOT DEEMED TO BE AN ASSESSEE IN DEFAULT UNDER THE FIRST PROVISO TO SUB - SECTION (1) OF S ECTION 201 THEN FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS SUB - CLAUSE IT SHALL BE DEEMED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS DEDUCTED AND PAID THE TAX ON SUCH SUM ON THE DATE OF FURNISHING OF RETURN OF INCOME BY THE RESIDENT PAYEE REFERRED TO IN THE SAID PROVISO . HE SUBMITTED THAT ACCO RDING TO THE FIRST PROVISO TO SECTION 201 OF THE ACT ANY PERSON INCLUDING THE PRINCIPAL OFFICER OF A COMPANY WHO FAILS TO DEDUCT THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE TAX IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CHAPTER ON THE SUM PAID TO A RESIDENT OR ON THE S UM CREDITED TO THE ACCOUNT OF A RESIDENT SHALL NOT BE DEEMED TO BE AN ASSESSEE IN DEFAULT IN RESPECT OF SUCH TAX IF SUCH RESIDENT ( I ) HAS FURNISHED HIS RETURN OF INCOME UNDER SECTION 139; ( II ) HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT SUCH SUM FOR COMPUTING INCOME IN SU CH RETURN OF INCOME; AND ( III ) HAS PAID THE TAX DUE ON THE INCOME DECLARED BY HIM IN SUCH RETURN OF INCOME AND THE PERSON FURNISHES A CERTIFICATE TO THIS EFFECT FROM AN ACCOUNTANT IN SUCH FORM AS MAY BE PRESCRIBED:'; THEREFORE IT WAS PRAYER OF THE ASSESS EE THAT M/S L&T FINANCE WAS A LARGE COOPERATE COMPANY AND MUST HAVE INCLUDED AMOUNT PAID AS INTEREST BY THE ASSESSEE IN THE RETURN OF INCOME FILED BY THEM AND PAID DUE TAX THEREON AND HENCE IN THE INTEREST OF SUBSTANTIAL JUSTICE THE MATTER MAY ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 9 BE RESTOR ED BACK TO THE FILE OF AO FOR EXAMINING OF THE SAME AND READJUDICATING THE ISSUE THEREAFTER. HE SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE WILL FILE NECESSARY EVIDENCE FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE AO IN THIS REGARD. 5.3 LD. DR HAD NO OBJECTION TO THE ABOVE SUBMISSION OF THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE. 5.4 IN THE ABOVE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE WE SET ASIDE THE ORDERS OF LOWER AUTHORITIES AND REMIT THE MATTER BACK TO THE FILE OF AO TO READJUDICATE THE ISSUED AFRESH IN THE LIGHT OF THE DISCUSSION MADE HEREINABOVE AFTER A LLOWING A REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE OPPORTUNITY OF HEARING TO THE ASSESSEE. THUS THIS GROUND OF APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. 6. GROUND NO.4 READS AS UNDER : - (4) FOR THAT THE ADDITION OF ALLEGED UN - EXPLAINED INCOME AMOUNTIN G TO RS.10 00 000/ - BY THE LD. AO WHICH HAS BEEN SUSTAINED BY THE LD. CIT(A) IS ALSO BASED ON ERRONEOUS PRESUMPTIONS AND FINDINGS THEREFORE LIABLE TO BE DELETED. 6.1 BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS MADE AN INVESTME NT OF RS.10 LAKHS WITH M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. ON 8.2.2010. HE OBSERVED THAT THE SAME IS NOT APPEARING I N THE BALANCE SHEET AND COULD NOT BE EXPLAINED BY THE WITHDRAWALS MADE BY THE ASSESSEE DURING THE YEAR. THEREFORE THE AO HELD THE SOURCE OF INVE STMENT AS UNEXPLAINED AND ACCORDINGLY MADE ADDITION OF RS.10 LAKHS TO THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. 6.2 BEFORE THE CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE AMOUNT OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS ADVANCED ON 8.2.2010 FOR PURCHASE OF FLAT WAS REFUNDED BY THE PARTY IN CASH BEFORE 31.03.2010. THEY HAVE PAID BACK THE ADVANCE ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 10 IN THREE INSTALMENTS I.E. RS.9 LAKHS ON 5.3.2010 RS.50 000/ - ON 18.3.2010 AND RS.50 000/ - ON 25.3.2010. THE ASSESSEE FILED XEROX COPY OF THE LETTER FROM M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. AND LEDGER ACCOUNT. IT WAS SUBMITTED THAT RS.9 50 000/ - WAS DEPOSITED IN THE BANK ACCOUNT XEROX COPY OF WHICH WAS ENCLOSED AND RS.50 000/ - WAS DRAWN BY THE ASSESSEE HERSELF. THE CIT(A) OBSERVED THAT DURING THE COURSE OF HEARING ON 24.9.2014 THE LD. AR FILED CONFIRMATION FR OM M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. TO THE EFFECT THAT THE AMOUNT OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS RETURNED TO THE ASSESSEE IN THREE INSTALMENTS OF RS.3 00 000/ - RS.3 00 000/ - AND RS.4 00 000/ - ON 13.03.2010 18.03.2010 AND 27.03.2010 RESPECTIVELY. THE CIT(A) AFTER CONSI DERING THE CONFIRMATION FILED BY THE ASSESSEE OF M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. OBSERVED THAT THE AO MADE REFERENCE TO THE DEPOSITS MADE BY THE ASSESSEE IN ITS BANK ACCOUNT MAINTAINED WITH BANK OF INDIA AND ASKED FOR AN EXPLANATION FOR A TOTAL DEPOSITS OF RS.1 74 35 000/ - . IN THIS ACCOUNT RS.10 00 000/ - HAS BEEN PAID TO M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. VIDE CHEQUE NO.71501 ON 8.02.2010. THEREFORE IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACCEPT THE CONTENTION OF AO THAT THE SOURCE OF THIS PAYMENT IS UNEXPLAINED BECAUSE THE SAM E IS OUT OF A BANK ACCOUNT WHERE THE SOURCE OF DEPOSITS HAS BEEN EXAMINED BY THE AO. 6.3 THE CIT(A) OBSERVED THAT THERE IS CONTRADICTION IN THE SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSEE BEFORE HIM. WHILE CLAIMING THAT THIS AMOUNT WAS NOT SHOWN IN THE BALANCE SHEET ON TH E GROUND THAT THE SAME WAS RECEIVED BACK FROM THE COMPANY M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. THE ASSESSEE FILED STATEMENT FROM THE SAID COMPANY STATING THAT THIS AMOUNT WAS REFUNDED TO ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 11 THE ASSESSEE IN THREE INSTALMENTS OF RS.3 00 000/ - RS.3 00 000/ - AND RS.4 00 000/ - ON 13.03.2010 18.03.2010 AND 27.03.2010 RESPECTIVELY. WHEN REQUIRED TO EXPLAIN THE DISCREPANCY THE LD.AR STATED THAT THE AMOUNT WAS RECEIVED IN CASH ONLY AND OTHER PAYMENTS AS PER THE LEDGER SUBMITTED EARLIER ARE NOT FROM HOMEBASE. HE OBSERVED TH AT THE ASSESSEE EXPRESSED HIS INABILITY TO PRODUCE THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT OR CLARIFY THE SOURCE OF RECEIPT OF RS.10 LAKHS AS PER LEDGER IN ITS BOOKS. HE THEREFORE HELD THAT HE DID NOT AGREE THAT THE ADDITION IN THE INSTANT CASE CAN BE MADE ON ACCOUNT OF UN EXPLAINED INVESTMENT BECAUSE ADMITTEDLY THE SAME IS OUT OF CASH CREDIT ACCOUNT HE WAS OF THE VIEW THAT THE ADDITION OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS REQUIRED TO BE MADE BECAUSE AS PER THE BOOKS OF ASSESSEE THIS AMOUNT WAS RECEIVED ON 05.03.2010 18.03.2010 AND 25.03.20 10 AND ADMITTEDLY THE SAME WAS NOT FROM M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD AS CLEARLY ADMITTED BY THE LD. AR BEFORE THE CIT(A).THUS THERE WAS NO EXPLANATION OF SOURCE OF RECEIPT OF THIS AMOUNT WHICH STOOD CREDITED IN THE BOOKS OF THE ASSESSEE ON THE ABOVE DATE S. THEREFORE THE CIT(A) SUSTAINED THE ADDITION OF RS.10 LAKHS U/S.68 OF THE ACT. 6.4 THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE AO HAS MADE ADDITION ON THE GROUND THAT THE INVESTMENT WITH M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS NOT SHOWN BY TH E ASSESSEE IN THE BALANCE SHEET. HE SUBMITTED THAT IT IS NOT IN DISPUTE THAT THE SAID AMOUNT OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS RECEIVED BACK BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR ON 31.03.2010 AND THE ACCOUNT OF M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD WAS SQUARED OFF AND HEN CE THE SAME WAS NOT SHOWN IN THE BALANCE SHEET OF ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 12 THE ASSESSEE. THE CIT(A) WAS SATISFIED WITH THE EXPLANATION OF THE ASSESSEE THAT THE SOURCE OF INVESTMENT OF RS.10 LAKHS WITH M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD WAS OUT OF THE CASH CREDIT ACCOUNT MAINTAINED WIT H BANK OF INDIA. HE SUBMITTED THAT JUST BECAUSE THERE WAS MISTAKE OF THE ASSESSEE IN SHOWING THE DATE OF AMOUNT RECEIVED BACK FROM M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD THE ADDITION CANNOT BE SUSTAINED. 6.5 ON THE OTHER HAND LD. DR RELIED ON THE ORDER OF LOWER A UTHORITIES. 6.6 WE HAVE HEARD RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE ORDERS OF LOWER AUTHORITIES AND MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON RECORD. IN THE INSTANT CASE THE AO ON VERIFICATION OF ASSESSEES BANK ACCOUNT FOUND THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS INVESTED RS.10 LAKHS WITH M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD ON 08.02.2010 AND AS THIS INVESTMENT AMOUNT WAS NOT REFLECTED IN ASSESSEES BALANCE SHEET THE AO ADDED RS.10 LAKHS IN THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE. 6.7 ON APPEAL THE ASSESSEE EXPLAINED BEFORE THE CIT(A) THAT AS THE AMOUNT OF RS.10 LAKHS WAS RECEIVED BACK BY THE ASSESSEE BEFORE 31.03.2010 AND THEREFORE THE SAME WAS NOT APPEARING IN THE BALANCE SHEET AS ON 31.03.2010. THE ASSESSEE FILED THE DETAILS OF REFUND OF RS.10 LAKHS AS RS.9 LAKHS ON 5.3.2010 RS.50 000/ - ON 18.03.2010 AND RS .50 000/ - ON 25.03.2010. ALL THE AMOUNTS WERE RECEIVED BACK. FURTHER THE ASSESSEE ALSO FILED ONE STATEMENT OBTAINED FROM SAID M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD WHEREIN THE SAID M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD CONFIRMED REPAYMENT OF RS.10 LAKHS D URING THE YEAR ITSELF BUT THE DATE - WISE DETAILS OF REFUND WAS STATED AS RS.3 LAKHS ON 13 . 03.2010 RS.3 LAKHS ON 18.03.2010 AND RS.4 LAKHS ON 27.03.2010. ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 13 6.8 FROM THE ABOVE FACT THE CIT(A) DELETED THE ADDITION OF RS.10 LAKHS WHICH WAS MADE BY THE AO ON ACCOUNT OF UNDISCLO SED INVESTMENT AGAINST WHICH REVENUE HAS NOT PREFERRED ANY APPEAL. HOWEVER THE CIT(A) OBSERVED DISCREPANCY IN THE DATE AND AMOUNT OF REFUND GIVEN BY THE ASSESSEE IN DETAILS AND IN STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT OF M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. IN VIEW OF THIS DISC REPANCY THE CIT(A) WAS OF THE OPINION THAT SOURCE OF RS.10 LAKHS WHICH WAS CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN RECEIVED ON 05.03.2010 18.03.2010 AND 25.03.2010 REMAINED UNEXPLAINED. HE THEREFORE ADDED RS.10 LAKHS TO THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE AGAINST WHICH THE ASSESS EE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. 6.9 THE AR OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED BEFORE US THAT THE DATE AND AMOUNT WHICH HAVE BEEN MENTIONED BY M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD IN THE ACCOUNT STATEMENT IS CORRECT AND BY MISTAKE THE DATE AND AMOUNTS WERE WRONGLY STATED IN THE DETAILS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE. HE CLAIMED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT CREDITED RS.9 LAKHS ON 05.03.2010 RS.50 000/ - ON 18.03.2010 AND RS.50 000/ - ON 25.03.2010 AND NO BENEFIT WAS CLAIMED ON THOSE DATES. 6.10 WE FIND THAT EVEN FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT THAT THE ASSESSEE CREDITED THE AMOUNT ON THE DATE FURNISHED IN THE DETAIL S SHEET AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE SAME THEN ALSO ADDITION OF ENTIRE RS.10 LAKHS IS NOT SUSTAINABLE THE SAME IS BECAUSE CREDIT OF RS.50 000/ - ON 18.03.2010 AND RS.50 000/ - ON 25.03.2010 IS SUBSEQUENT TO PAYMENT OF RS.3 LAKHS ON 13.03.2010 ADMITTED BY THE SAID M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 14 THEREFORE IN SUCH AN EVENTUALITY ALSO THE SOURCE OF RS.1 LAKHS CAN BE TAKEN AS RECEIPT OF RS.3 LAKHS ON 13.03.2010. BE THAT AS IT MAY . IN OUR OPINI ON TO ADJUDICATE THE ISSUE PROPERLY VERIFICATION OF ASSESSEES BOOKS OF ACCOUNT IS NECESSARY TO ASCERTAIN WHETHER THE ASSESSEE HAS CLAIMED ADVANTAGE ON ANY AMOUNT ON A DATE EARLIER TO THE DATE OF REPAYMENT MADE BY M/S HOMEBASE ESTATES PVT. LTD. THEREFORE IN OUR CONSIDERED VIEW IT SHALL BE IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE TO RESTORE THIS ISSUE BACK TO THE FILE OF AO FOR FRESH ADJUDICATION AFTER PROPER VERIFICATION IN THE LIGHT OF THE DISCUSSION MADE HEREINABOVE. NEEDLESS TO MENTION THAT THE AO SHALL ALLOW REASO NABLE OPPORTUNITY OF HEARING BEFORE ADJUDICATING THE ISSUE AFRESH. THUS THIS GROUND OF APPEAL IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. 7 . IN THE RESULT APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED PARTLY FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COU RT ON THIS 09 / 11 /201 7 . SD/ - ( PAVAN KUMAR GADALE ) SD/ - (N. S. SAINI) / JUDICIAL MEMBER / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER CUTTACK ; DATED 09 / 11 /201 7 . . / PKM SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY / COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT - SMT. RANJITA NAYAK AT - PLOT NO.270A SAHID NAGAR BHUBANESWAR - 751007 DISTRICT - KHURDA ODISHA 2. / THE RESPONDENT - THE DCIT CIRCLE - 2(2) BHUBANESWAR 3. ( ) / THE CIT(A) ITA NO.25/CTK/2015 15 / BY ORDER ( SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY ) / ITAT CUTTACK 4. / CIT 5. / DR ITAT CUTTACK 6. / GUARD FILE. //TRUE COPY//