Filmnagar Coop Welfare Society, , Vijayawada v. The Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax (CPC), , Bengaluru

ITA 315/VIZ/2019 | 2014-2015
Pronouncement Date: 28-02-2020 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 31525314 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN AAAAF2501J
Bench Visakhapatnam
Appeal Number ITA 315/VIZ/2019
Duration Of Justice 9 month(s) 8 day(s)
Appellant Filmnagar Coop Welfare Society, , Vijayawada
Respondent The Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax (CPC), , Bengaluru
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-02-2020
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 28-02-2020
Date Of Final Hearing 17-09-2019
Next Hearing Date 17-09-2019
Last Hearing Date 22-07-2019
First Hearing Date 22-07-2019
Assessment Year 2014-2015
Appeal Filed On 20-05-2019
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL VISAKHAPATNAM BENCH VISAKHAPATNAM BEFORE SHRI V. DURGA RAO HONBLE JUDICIAL MEMBER & SHRI D.S. SUNDER SINGH HONBLE ACCOUNTANT MEMBER I . T . A . NO S . 315 & 316 /VIZ/2019 (ASST. YEAR S : 20 1 4 - 1 5 & 2015 - 16 ) M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY C/O AMMANANNA OLDAGE HOME D.NO. 3 - 103 SATYANARAYANAPURAM KETHANAKONDA POST IBRAHIMPATNAM MANDALAM KRISHNA DISTRICT. VS. ITO (EXEMPTIONS) RAJAHMUNDRY . PAN NO. AAAAF 2501 J (APP ELLANT ) (RESPONDENT) ASSESSEE BY : S RI G.V.N. HARI A DVOCATE DEPARTMENT BY : SRI B.SATYANARAYAN RAJU SR. DR DATE OF HEARING : 24 / 0 2 /2020 . DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28 / 0 2 /20 20 . O R D E R PER V. DURGA RAO JUDICIAL MEMBER THESE APPEAL S BY THE ASSESSEE ARE DIRECTED AGAINST THE SEPARATE ORDER S OF COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) KURNOOL BOTH DATED 1 8 /0 3 /201 9 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR S 2014 - 15 & 2015 - 16 . SINCE FACTS AND ISSUES ARE COMMON CLUBBED AND HEARD TOGETHER AND DISPOSED OF BY WAY OF THIS CONSOLIDATED ORDER. 2 ITA NO S . 3 15 & 316/VIZ/2019 ( M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY ) ITA NO. 315/VIZ/2019 2. FACTS OF THE CASE IN BRIEF ARE THAT ASSESSEE IS A SOCIETY REGISTERED UNDER THE SOCIETIES ACT TO SETUP FOR WELFARE OF THE PERSONS ASSOCIATED WITH FILM FILED. THE ASSESSEE FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME BY DECLARING TOTAL INCOME OF RS. 1 76 698/ - . THE RETURN HAS BEEN PROCESSED BY THE CPC BANGALORE AND RAISED A DEMAND OF RS. 69 724/ - . 3 . AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER THE ASSESSEE CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) BY SUBMITTING THAT ASSESSING OFFICER HAS MADE THE ADJU ST MENTS BY CALCULATING THE TAX AT MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE (MMR) WHICH IS NOT CORRECT . H OWEVER LD. CIT(A) NOT ACCEPTED THE EXPLANATION AND DISMISSED THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE ON THE GR O UND TH A T THE ISSUE IS DEBATABLE AND IS OUTSIDE THE SCOPE OF SECTION 143(1) OF THE ACT. 4 . ON APPEAL BEFORE US LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE HAS SUBMITTED THAT CPC BANGALORE HAS MADE THE ADJU ST MENT IN RESPECT OF RETURN OF INCOME FILED BY THE ASSESSEE WITHOUT GIVING ANY OPPORTUNITY TO THE ASSESSEE IS NOT CORRECT. HE FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT ASSESSEE BEING A REGISTERED SOCIETY IF AT ALL TAX LIABILITY IS THERE IT HAS TO BE CALCULATED BY APPLYING NORMAL RATE AND NOT MMR AND SUBMITTED THAT ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) MAY BE SET ASIDE AND APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE MAY BE ALLOWED. 3 ITA NO S . 3 15 & 316/VIZ/2019 ( M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY ) 5. ON THE OTHER HAND LD.DR STRONGLY SUPPORTED THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW. 6 . IN THIS CASE CPC BANGALORE MADE AN ADJUSTMENT AND RAISED A DEMAND BY TAXING THE ASSESSEE AT MMR . A S PER THE DECISION OF THE COORDINATE BENCH OF THIS TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF VIDYODAYA EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY VS. DCIT IN ITA NO. 369/VIZ/2016 DATED 26/04/2018 TH E CPC HAS NO POWER TO MAKE ADJUSTMENT U/SEC. 143(1)(A) OF THE ACT IF ANY ADJUSTMENT HAS TO BE MADE THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS TO GIVE INTIMATION BEFORE MAKING SUCH ADJUSTMENT . APART FROM THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A REGISTERED SOCIETY UNDER THE REGISTRAR OF SOCIETIES ACT ON 11/09/2008 AND AS PER SECTION 167B(1) THE ASSESSEE CANNOT BE TAXED AT MMR. FOR THE SAKE OF CONVENIENCE THE RELEVANT PORTION OF THE ORDER IS EXTRACTED AS UNDER : - 10. THE NEXT SUBMISSION OF THE ASSESSEE IS TAXING THE INCOME AT MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE. AS PER SECTION 167B OF THE ACT IN CASE OF AN ASSESSEE REGISTERED UNDER SOCIETIES ACT THE SAME IS EXCLUDED FOR TAXING THE INCOME AT FOR MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE. FOR READY REFERENCE WE EXTRACT RELEVANT PART OF SECTION 167B(1) OF TH E ACT WHICH READS AS UNDER: 167B. (1) WHERE THE INDIVIDUAL SHARES OF THE MEMBERS OF AN ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS OR BODY OF INDIVIDUALS (OTHER THAN A COMPANY OR A CO - OPERATIVE SOCIETY OR A SOCIETY REGISTERED UNDER THE SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACT 1860 (21 OF 1860) OR UNDER ANY LAW CORRESPONDING TO THAT ACT IN FORCE IN ANY PART OF INDIA) IN THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE INCOME OF SUCH ASSOCIATION OR BODY ARE INDETERMINATE OR UNKNOWN TAX SHALL BE CHARGED ON THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE ASSOCIATION OR BODY AT THE MAX IMUM MARGINAL RATE : 4 ITA NO S . 3 15 & 316/VIZ/2019 ( M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY ) PLAIN READING OF SECTION 167B OF THE ACT INDICATES THAT THE INCOME OF COMPANY OR COOPERATIVE SOCIETY OR A SOCIETY REGISTERED UNDER SOCIETIES ACT OF 1860 ARE EXCLUDED FROM CHARGING THE TAX AT MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE ( MMR) AND WOULD BE CHARGEABLE AT NORMAL RATES . IN THE SIMILAR FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THE COORDINATE BENCH OF ITAT IN ITA NOS.212 TO 215/VIZAG/2014 IN THE CASE OF SRI LAKSHMIGANAPATHI SEVA SAMITHI VS. CIT DATED 26.8.2016 HELD THAT IN CASE OF SOCIETY THE APPLICATION OF MAXI MUM MARGINAL RATE DOES NOT ARISE. FOR READY REFERENCE WE REPRODUCE THE EXTRACT OF RELEVANT PART OF THE ORDER OF THE TRIBUNAL IN PARA NO.13 WHICH READS AS UNDER: 13. ..AS REGARDS THE APPLICABILITY OF MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE OF TAX IS CONCERNED THE CIT WAS OF THE OPINION THAT THE A.O. OUGHT TO HAVE APPLIED MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE OF TAX TO THE INCOME OF THE SOCIETY. BUT THE FACT IS THAT ONCE THE SOCIETY IS REGISTERED UNDER THE SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACT THE APPLICABILITY OF MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE DOES NO T ARISE IT IS BECAUSE THE SOCIETIES ARE REGISTERED UNDER THE SOCIETIES REGISTRATION ACT ARE PROHIBITED FROM DISTRIBUTION OF ANY SURPLUS TO ITS MEMBERS. ONCE THE DISTRIBUTION OF PROFIT TO ITS MEMBERS IS PROHIBITED THE QUESTION OF DETERMINATION OF SHARE O F EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER DOES NOT ARISE. HENCE THE CIT WAS NOT CORRECT IN COMING TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE RATE OF TAX APPLICABLE TO THE ASSESSEE IS MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE OF TAX WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THE PROVISIONS. 11. THE ASSESSEE IS A SOCIETY RE GISTERED UNDER SOCIETIES ACT 1860 AS EVIDENCED FROM THE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE. THE FACTS ARE SIMILAR IN THIS CASE THEREFORE FOLLOWING THE DECISION OF COORDINATE BENCH AND SECTION 167B OF THE ACT WE HOLD THAT THE INCOME OF THE ASSESSEE IS TO BE TAXED AT NORMAL RATES BUT NOT AT MAXIMUM MARGINAL RATE ACCORDINGLY WE SET ASIDE THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) AND ALLOW THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE ON THIS GROUND. 7 . IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD. CIT(A) IS SET ASIDE AND REMIT THE MATTER BACK TO THE ASSESSING OFFICER WITH A DIRECTION TO IF AT ALL TAX LIABILITY IS THERE IT HAS TO BE CALCULATED ON NORMAL RATE AND NOT MMR AND PASS THE ORDERS IN ACCORDANCE WITH 5 ITA NO S . 3 15 & 316/VIZ/2019 ( M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY ) LAW . THUS TH I S APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSE . ITA NO.316/VIZ/2019 8. THE FACTS INVOLVED IN THIS APPEAL ARE SIMILAR TO THE FACTS INVOLVED IN ITA NO. 315/VIZ/2019. THEREFORE OUR DECISION IN ITA NO. 315/VIZ/2019 SHALL APPLY MUTATIS MUTANDIS TO THIS APPEAL ALSO. 9 . IN THE RESULT APPEAL S FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ARE ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSE . ORDER PRONOUNCED IN OPEN COURT ON TH IS 2 8 T H DAY OF FEB. 2020 . S D / - S D / - (D.S. SUNDER SINGH) (V. DURGA RAO) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER DATED : 2 8 T H FEBRUARY 20 20 . VR/ - COPY TO: 1. THE ASSESSEE - M/S. FILMNAGAR CO - OPERATIVE WELFARE SOCIETY C/O AMMANANNA OLDAGE HOME D.NO. 3 - 103 SATYANARAYANAPURAM KETHANAKONDA POST IBRAHIMPATNAM MANDALAM KRISHNA DISTRICT. 2. THE REVENUE ITO (EXEMPTIONS) RAJAHMUNDRY. 3. THE PR. CIT VIJAYAWADA. 4. THE CIT(A) KURNOOL. 5. THE D.R . VISAKHAPATNAM. 6. GUARD FILE. BY ORDER (VUKKEM RAMBABU) SR. PRIVATE SECRETARY ITAT VISAKHAPATNAM.