M/s. Times Academy Ltd., New Delhi v. ITO, New Delhi

ITA 294/DEL/2014 | 2009-2010
Pronouncement Date: 29-09-2016 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 29420114 RSA 2014
Assessee PAN AACCT4547Q
Bench Delhi
Appeal Number ITA 294/DEL/2014
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 8 month(s) 13 day(s)
Appellant M/s. Times Academy Ltd., New Delhi
Respondent ITO, New Delhi
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 29-09-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted D
Tribunal Order Date 29-09-2016
Date Of Final Hearing 11-07-2016
Next Hearing Date 11-07-2016
Assessment Year 2009-2010
Appeal Filed On 16-01-2014
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCH D NEW DELHI BEFORE SH. N. K. SAINI A M AND SH. KULDIP SINGH JM ITA NO. 294/DEL/2014 : ASSTT. YEAR : 200 9 - 10 M/S TIMES ACADEMY LTD. C/O - M/S VINOD KUMAR BI NDAL & CO. D - 219 VIVEK VIHAR PHASE - I NEW DELHI VS INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD - 16(3) NEW DELHI (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) PAN NO. AA CCT4547Q ASSESSEE BY : SH. VINOD KUMAR BINDAL CA REVENUE BY : SH . SHRAVAN GOTRU SR. DR DATE OF HEARING : 11 .0 7 .201 6 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 29 .09 .201 6 ORDER PER N. K. SAINI AM: THIS IS AN APPEAL BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER DATED 14.01.2013 OF LD. CIT(A) - XIX NEW DELHI. 2. FOLLOWING GROUNDS HAVE BEEN RAISED IN T HIS APPEAL: 1. THE LEARNED CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN CONFIRMING THE DISALLOWANCE OF AN AMOUNT OF RS. 2 28 49 560/ - U/S 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT BY NOT ADMITTING THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCES PLACED ON RECORD IGNORING THE FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE C ASE THAT THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT PRODUCE THOSE EVIDENCES DURING THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS DUE TO REASONABLE CAUSE. THUS NECESSARY DIRECTIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO ADMIT THE ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 2 ADDITIONAL EVIDENCES AND THEN DECIDE THE CASE ON MERITS. 2. WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GROUND NO. 1 THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN NOT RESTRICTING THE AMOUNT OF DISALLOWANCE U/S 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT TO THE AMOUNT OF EXPENSE OUTSTANDING AS PAYABLE AT THE YEAREND. THUS NECESSARY DIRECTIONS SHOULD BE ISSUED IN THIS REGARD. 3 . WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GROUND NOS. 1 & 2 THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN CONFIRMING THE DISALL OWANCE OF RENT OF RS. 85 11 920/ - U/S 40A(IA) IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE TOTAL RENT CLAIMED IN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT WAS RS. 67 51 019/ - AND THE DISALLO WANCE OF RENT COULD NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT CLAIMED BY THE ASSESSEE. THUS THE DISALLOWANCE OF RENT IF AT ALL TO BE MADE SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO RS. 67 51 019/ - . 4. WITHOUT PREJUDICE TO THE GROUND NO. 3 THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN CONFIRMING D ISAL LOWANCE OF RENT OF RS. 6 46 447/ - U/S 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT THOUGH THE SAID AMOUNT WAS NOT LIABLE TO TAX DEDUCTION AT SOURCE AS PER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. THUS THE DISALLOWANCE OF THE SAID AMOUNT SHOULD BE DELETED. 5. THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN CONFIRMING THE DISALLOWANCE OF RS. 1 18 80 250/ - U/S 40(A)(IA) FOR CONTRACTUAL PAYMENTS BY CONSIDERING WRONG AMOUNT OF TDS AS NOT PAID BEFORE DUE DATE IGNORING THE EVIDENCES PLACED ON RECORD TO SHOW THAT THE DISALLOWANCE FOR CONTRACTUAL PAYMENTS COULD NOT EXCEED RS. 31 99 155/ - . THUS THE DISALLOWANCE IF AT ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 3 ALL TO BE MADE SHOULD BE RESTRICTED TO THE AMOUNT OF RS. 31 99 155/ - AND THE ADDITION OF BALANCE AMOUNT SHOULD BE DELETED. 6. THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN CONFIRMING THE DISALLOWAN CE OF INTEREST OF RS. 12 67 280/ - U/S 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE TOTAL INTEREST CLAIMED IN THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT WAS RS. 12 30 395/ - . THUS THE ADDITION IF AT ALL TO BE MADE THEN OF THE EXCESS AMOUNT OF RS. 36 885/ - SHOULD BE D ELETED. 7. THE CIT(A) ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN NOT ISSUING DIRECTIONS TO ASSESSING OFFICER TO ALLOW THE SAID EXPENSES OF RS. 2 28 49 560/ - U/S 40(A)(IA) IN THE SUBSEQUENT YEAR WHEN THE TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE ON SUCH PAYMENTS WAS DEPOSITED BY THE ASSES SEE IN THE EXCHEQUER OF THE GOVERNMENT. THUS NECESSARY DIRECTIONS SHOULD BE GIVEN IN THIS REGARD. 8. THE APPELLANT CRAVES THE LEAVE TO ADD SUBSTITUTE MODIFY DELETE OR AMEND ALL OR ANY GROUND OF APPEAL EITHER BEFORE OR AT THE TIME OF HEARING. 3. FACTS OF THE CARE IN BRIEF ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE FILED THE RETURN OF INCOME ON 31.03.2010 DECLARING AN INCOME OF RS.12 77 689/ - ON 31.03.2010 WHICH WAS PROCESSED U/S 143(1) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE ACT). LATER ON THE CASE WAS SELECTED FOR SCRUTINY. THE AO DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS NOTICED THAT THE ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 4 ASSESSEE HAD NOT TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE FROM THE FOLLOWING EXPENSES DEBITED TO THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT: 1. RENT 85 11 920/ - 2. PROFESSIONAL PAYMENT 11 90 110/ - 3. PAYMENT TO CONTRACTORS 1 18 80 250/ - 4. INTEREST 12 67 280/ - TOTAL (RS.) 2 28 49 560/ - 4. HE MADE THE DISALLOWANCE OF THE AFORESAID AMOUNT BY INVOKING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT. THE AO ALSO NOT ICED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT FURNISHED THE COPIES OF THE BILL FOR ACQUISITION OF THE ASSETS VIZ. FURNITURE WATER TREATMENT AND AIRCONDITION. HE MADE THE ADDITION OF RS.74 639/ - WHICH WAS THE AMOUNT OF DEPRECIATION CLAIMED ON THE ASSETS ACQUIRED DURING THE YEAR. THE AO ALSO NOTICED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT PAID FRINGE BENEFIT TAX ON THE FOLLOWING EXPENSES: 1. TEA AND REFRESHMENT 78 262 / - 2. STAFF WELFARE 37 713 / - 3. COMMUNICATION EXPENSES 4 42 629 / - 4. BUSINESS PROMOTION 5 60 264 / - 5. HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 8 80 974/ - TOTAL (RS.) 20 01 842/ - 5. HE DISALLOWED 20% OF THE AFORESAID EXPENSES AND MADE THE ADDITION OF RS. 4 00 367 / - . ACCORDINGLY THE INCOME WAS ASSESSED AT AN INCOME OF RS.2 26 34 755/ - . ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 5 6. BEING AGGRIEVE D THE ASSESSEE CARRIED THE MATTER TO THE LD. CIT(A) AND FURNISHED THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCES IN TERM OF RULES 46A OF THE INCOME TAX RULES 1962. HOWEVER THE LD. CIT(A) DID NOT ADMIT THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCES BY OBSERVING AS UNDER: 2.2 REGARDING THIS GROUND THE APPELLANT HAS FILED AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION OF ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE IN TERMS OF RULE 46 A . THE REQUEST FOR ADMI SSION OF ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE HAS BEEN CAREFULLY CONSIDERED BUT NOT FOUND ACCEPTABLE AS NONE OF THE CONDITIONS LAID DOWN IN RULE 46A HAVE BEEN FULFILLED. IN THIS CASE THE APPELLANT REPEATEDLY FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE NOTICES ISSUED FIXING THE APPEAL FOR HEARING. NOTICES WERE ISSUED ON 18. 9 . 12 27.9. 12 AND 15.10.1 2 FIXING THE APPEAL FOR HEARING. THE APPELLANT DID NOT COMPLY AND EVE N AN ADJ OURNMENT APPLICATION WAS NOT FILED. THES E NOTICES WERE SENT BY SPEED POST AT THE ADDRESSES GIVEN IN THE FORM NO. 35 FILED WITH THE APPEAL. THE APPELLANT HAS NOT FILED ANY IN FORMATION REGARDING ANY CHANGE I N ADDRESS . SUBSEQUE NTLY NOTICES WERE SERVED ON THE DIRECTOR OF THE ASSESS EE COMPANY THROUGH TH E ASSESSING OFFICER. THEREAFTER ON 7.11.12 AND AGAIN ON 14.12.12 AND 21.12.12 THE APPELLANT SO UGHT TIME. IT WAS ONLY ON THE LA ST D ATE 8.1.13 WHEN THE APPEAL WA S F I X E D FOR FINAL HEARING THAT THE APPELLANT FILED AN APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIO N O F ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE UNDER RULE 46A. NO EXPLANATION WAS GIVEN REGARDING WHY THE APPELLANT WAITED FOR SO LONG AND FILED THE AP PLICATION ONLY ON THE LAST DATE. IN THIS CASE THE ASSESSMENT ORDER WAS PASSED ON 30.12.2011 AND THE APPEAL WAS FILED ON 30.1.12 THERE WAS NO REASON WHY THE APPELLANT WAITED FOR NEARLY ONE YEAR BEFORE FILING THE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION OF ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE. ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 6 NO EXPLANATION WAS GIVEN FOR THIS. MOREOVER IT WAS FOR THE APPELLANT TO SHOW THAT NO OPPORT UNITY WAS GIVEN DURING ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS. NO EVIDENCE SUCH AS THE DATE OF NOTICES AND PARTICULARS OF HEARINGS DURING ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS WAS FILED IN SUPPORT OF THE CLAIM OF NO OPPORTUNITY DURING ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS. THE APPELLANT HAS FAILED T O SHOW THAT ANY OF THE CONDITIONS ENQUIRED IN RULE 46A HAVE BEEN FULFILLED. IN VIEW OF THESE FACTS THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE IS NOT ADMITTED. 7. THE LD. CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE ADDITION MADE BY THE AO. 8. NOW THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL. THE LD. COUNSEL FOR T HE ASSESSEE AT THE VERY OUTSET S T ATED THAT THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE S GO TO THE ROOT OF THE MATTER WHICH WERE FURNISHED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) IN TERMS OF RULES 46A OF THE INCOME TAX RULES 1962. HOWEVER THOSE WERE NOT ADMITTED AND THE ADDITIONS MADE BY THE AO WERE SUSTAINED IN ARBITRARY MANNER BY THE LD. CIT(A) . 9. IN HIS RIVAL SUBMISSIONS THE LD. DR SUPPORTED THE IMPUGNED ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) AND SUBMITTED THAT AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES WERE GIVEN TO THE ASSESSEE BY THE AO DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSME NT PROCEEDINGS BUT THE ASSESSEE TIME AND AGAIN SOUGHT THE ADJOURNMENTS AND NO REASON WAS GIVEN FOR NOT FILING THE EVIDENCE S BEFORE THE AO AND THAT THE ASSESSEE DID NOT FULFILL THE CONDITIONS FOR ADMISSION OF THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE AS MENTIONED IN RULE 46 A OF THE INCOME ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 7 TAX RULES 1962. THEREFORE THE LD. CIT(A) WAS JUSTIFIED IN NOT ADMITTING THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE. 10. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE SUBMISSIONS OF BOTH THE PARTIES AND PERUSED THE MATERIAL AVAILABLE ON THE RECORD. IN THE PRESENT CASE NOWHERE I T IS MENTIONED BY THAT LD. CIT(A) THAT ANY EXPLANATION WAS SOUGHT BY HIM WHEN ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE WERE FURNISHED BY THE ASSESSEE. HE HIMSELF MENTIONED IN PARA 2.2 OF THE IMPUGNED ORDER THAT THE ASSESSEE SOUGHT TIME AND WHEN THE CASE WAS FIXED FOR HEARING L AST TIME ON 08.01.2013 THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE S WERE NOT FURNISHED. THE LD. CIT(A) DID NOT ADMIT THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE S WITHOUT MENTIONING AS TO WHETHER THERE WAS A REASONABLE CAUSE FOR NOT PRODUCING THOSE EVIDENCES BEFORE THE AO OR NOT. IT IS WELL SETT LED THAT NOBODY SHOULD BE CONDEMNED UNHEARD AS PER THE MAXIM AUDI ALTERAM PARTEM . WE THEREFORE DEEM IT APPROPRIATE TO SET ASIDE THIS ISSUE BACK TO THE FILE OF THE LD. CIT(A) TO BE ADJUDICATED AFRESH AFTER PROVIDING DUE AND REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY OF BEI NG HEARD TO THE ASSESSEE. WE ALSO DIRECT THE ASSESSEE TO EXPLAIN THE REASON WHY THE ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE WHICH WERE FURNISHED BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) COULD NOT BE PRODUCED BEFORE THE AO AND NOT TO SEEK UNDUE OR UNWARRANTED ADJOURNMENTS. ITA NO. 294 /DEL /201 4 TIMES ACADEMY LTD. 8 9 . IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES . ( ORDER PRON OUNCED IN THE COURT ON 29 /09/2016) SD/ - SD/ - ( KULDIP SINGH ) (N. K. SAINI) JUDICIAL MEMBER AC COUNTANT MEMBER DAT ED: 29 /09 /2016 *SUBODH* COPY FORWARDED TO: 1. APPELLANT 2. RESPONDENT 3. CIT 4. CIT(APPEALS) 5. DR: ITAT ASSISTANT REGISTRAR