Hill View,, Pune v. Income-tax Officer, Ward - 14 (3),, Pune

ITA 339/PUN/2019 | 2014-2015
Pronouncement Date: 13-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 33924514 RSA 2019
Assessee PAN AAHFH0867P
Bench Pune
Appeal Number ITA 339/PUN/2019
Duration Of Justice 8 month(s) 15 day(s)
Appellant Hill View,, Pune
Respondent Income-tax Officer, Ward - 14 (3),, Pune
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 13-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted SMC
Tribunal Order Date 13-11-2019
Date Of Final Hearing 13-11-2019
Next Hearing Date 13-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 22-07-2019
First Hearing Date 22-05-2019
Assessment Year 2014-2015
Appeal Filed On 27-02-2019
Judgment Text
- IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL PUNE BENCH SMC PUNE . BEFORE SHRI D. KARUNAKARA RAO AM . / ITA NO.339/PUN/2019 / ASSESSMENT YEAR : 2014-15 HILL VIEW OFFICE NO.311 GERA JUNCTION LULLA NAGAR KONDHAWA PUNE-411040. PAN : AAHFH0867P . /APPELLANT VS. ITO WARD-14(3) PUNE. . / RESPONDENT / APPELLANT BY : SHRI PAVAN AUTI / RESPONDENT BY : SHRI PRASHANT MAHAJAN / DATE OF HEARING : 13.11.2019 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 13.11.2019 / ORDER PER D. KARUNAKARA RAO AM : THIS APPEAL IS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF CIT(A)-9 PUNE DATED 19.11.2018 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2014-15. 2. BEFORE ME AT THE OUTSET LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE BROUGHT MY ATTENTION TO THE GROUNDS AND SUBMITTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A BUILDER AND DEVELOPER AND FOLLOWS THE PROJECT COMPLETION METHOD. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION THE ASSESSING OFFICER PICKED UP THE CASE FOR SCRUTINY UNDER CASS AND MODIFIED THE WORKING CAPITAL FIGURES. THE MODIFICATION INCLUDES SEGREGATION OF CERTAIN 15 ACCOUNTS OF THE ASSESSEE TO HOLD THAT THE SAID EXPENDITURE CONSTITUTES INDIRECT EXPENSES AND THE SAME SHOULD BE REDUCED FROM THE WORKING ITA NO.339/PUN/2019 - 2 - CAPITAL. THE ASSESSING OFFICER HOLDS THAT ONLY DIRECT EXPENSES SHOULD FIND PLACE IN THE WORK IN PROGRESS ACCOUNT OF THE PROJECT. THUS THE ASSESSING OFFICER MADE AN ADDITION OF RS.20 04 643/- THE SUM OF THOSE 15 ACCOUNTS. THE CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE SAME MERELY RELYING ON THE ASSESSING OFFICERS FINDING WITHOUT GIVING CATEGORICAL FINDING ON EACH OF THE ACCOUNTS HOW THE SAME CONSTITUTES INDIRECT EXPENSES. 3. AGGRIEVED WITH THE SAID DECISION OF THE CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. 4. BEFORE ME LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE READ OUT THE CONTENTION OF PARA 7.2 OF THE ORDER OF THE CIT(A) WHERE THE CIT(A) PREMATURELY GIVEN A FINDING THAT ENTIRE SET OF THE 15 ACCOUNTS AS INDIRECT EXPENSES. THE CIT(A)/ASSESSING OFFICER NEVER EXAMINED HOW THESE ACCOUNTS ARE ENTIRELY OF INDIRECT EXPENSES. IN THIS BACKGROUND OF FACT LD. COUNSEL BROUGHT OUR ATTENTION TO THE PROVISIONS OF SUB-SECTION (6) OF SECTION 250 OF THE ACT AND SUBMITTED THAT THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A) IS NOT IN TUNE WITH THE SAID PROVISIONS OF THE ACT. FURTHER THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED THAT THE MATTER MAY BE REMANDED TO THE FILE OF THE CIT(A) FOR FRESH ADJUDICATION. 5. ON THE OTHER HAND LD. DR FOR THE REVENUE HEAVILY RELIED ON THE ORDERS OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER AND THE CIT(A). 6. ON HEARING BOTH THE SIDES I AM OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE MATTER SHOULD BE REMANDED TO THE FILE OF THE CIT(A) FOR FRESH ROUND OF ADJUDICATION. IN MY VIEW THE ORDER PASSED BY THE CIT(A) DOES NOT ITA NO.339/PUN/2019 - 3 - CONSTITUTE A SPEAKING ORDER. ACCORDINGLY THE CIT(A) IS DIRECTED TO EXAMINE EACH OF THE 15 ACCOUNTS OF THE ASSESSEE DISALLOWED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER AND ADJUDICATE HOW THEY ARE INDIRECT EXPENSES. NEEDLESS TO SAY THE CIT(A) SHALL GRANT REASONABLE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING HEARD TO THE ASSESSEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SET PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL JUSTICE. WITH THIS DIRECTION THE MATTER IS REMANDED TO THE FILE OF THE CIT(A) FOR FRESH ADJUDICATION. THUS THE GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IN THIS APPEAL ARE ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED FOR STATISTICAL PURPOSES. ORDER PRONOUNCED ON THIS 13 TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2019. SD/- (D. KARUNAKARA RAO) / ACCOUNTANT MEMBER / PUNE; DATED : 13 TH NOVEMBER 2019. SUJEET / COPY OF THE ORDER IS FORWARDED TO : 1. / THE APPELLANT; 2. / THE RESPONDENT; 3. THE CIT(A)-9 PUNE; 4. THE PR. CIT-6 PUNE; 5. - / DR SMC ITAT PUNE; 6. / GUARD FILE. / BY ORDER //TRUE COPY// SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY / ITAT PUNE