M. M. POONJIAJI SPICES LTD., MUMBAI v. DCIT CIR. 4(2), MUMBAI

ITA 5123/MUM/2016 | 2011-2012
Pronouncement Date: 30-11-2017 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 512319914 RSA 2016
Assessee PAN AACCM2635C
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 5123/MUM/2016
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 3 month(s) 19 day(s)
Appellant M. M. POONJIAJI SPICES LTD., MUMBAI
Respondent DCIT CIR. 4(2), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 30-11-2017
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags No record found
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted Not Allotted
Tribunal Order Date 30-11-2017
Assessment Year 2011-2012
Appeal Filed On 11-08-2016
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL MUMBAI BENCH H MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI SAKTIJIT DEY (JUDICIAL MEMBER) AND SHRI N.K. PRADHAN (ACCOUNTANT MEMBER) ITA NO. 5123/MUM/2016 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2011 - 12 M/S M.M. POONJIAJI SPICES LTD. POONIJIAJI HOUSE 42 ANANDILAL PODAR MARG DHOBI TALAO FIRST MARINE STREET MUMBAI - 400002 VS. DCIT - 4(2) MUMBAI PAN NO. AACCM2635C APPELLANT RESPONDENT ASSESSEE BY : MR. RAJESH S. SHAH AR REVENUE BY : MR. M.C. OMI NINGSHEN DR DATE OF HEARING : 27/11 /2017 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 30/11/2017 ORDER PER N.K. PRADHAN A.M. THIS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE . THE RELEVANT ASSESSMENT YEAR IS 2011 - 12. THE APPEAL IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE COMMISS IONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) - 9 MUMBAI AND ARISES OUT OF THE ASSESSMENT COMPLETED U/S 143(3) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (THE ACT). 2. THE ISSUE IN THE PRESENT CASE FALLS IN A NARROW COMPASS. THE ISSUE IS WHETHER THE ASSESSING OFFICER (AO) CAN MAKE A DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A M/S M.M. POONJIAJI SPICES LTD. ITA NO. 5123/MUM/2016 2 R.W. RULE 8D OF INCOME TAX RULES 1962 WHEN THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT EARNED ANY EXEMPT INCOME DURI NG THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION. 3. BRIEFLY STATED THE FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE AO MADE A DISALLOWANCE OF RS.3 13 997/ - U/S 14A R.W. RULE 8D RELYING ON THE CBDT CIRCULAR NO. 5/2014 DATED 11.02.2014 STATING THAT DISALLOWANCE OF EXPENDITURE CAN BE MADE UNDER THE ABOVE SECTION AND RULE E VEN WHERE TAXPAYER IN A PARTICULAR YEAR HAS NOT EARNED ANY EXEMPT INCOME. 4. IN APPEAL THE LD. CIT(A) HAS CONFIRMED THE SAID DISALLOWANCE MADE BY THE AO. 5. BEFORE US THE LD. COUNSEL OF THE ASSESSEE SUBMITS THAT THE ASSESSEE - COMPANY HAS NOT EARNED ANY INCOME FROM THE PARTNERSHIP FIRMS DURING THE YEAR WHICH CAN BE CLAIMED AS EXEMPT INCOME. THEREFORE NO DISALLOWANCE CAN BE MADE U/S 14A. 6. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LD. DR RELIES ON THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A). RELIANCE IS ALSO PLACED BY HIM ON THE CBDT CIR CULAR MENTIONED ABOVE. 7. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE RELEVANT MATERIALS ON RECORD. THE ISSUE WHETHER DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A R.W. RULE 8D CAN BE MADE IN A CASE WHEN THERE IS NO EXEMPT INCOME IS NO LONGER RES INTEGRA . IN THE CASE OF C IT V. SHIVAM MOTORS (P) LTD. (2015) 55 TAXMANN.COM 262 (ALL) IT HAS BEEN HELD THAT IN ABSENCE OF ANY TAX FREE INCOME EARNED BY THE ASSESSEE DISALLOWANCE U/S 14A COULD NOT BE MADE. IN A SIMILAR VEIN IT HAS BEEN HELD IN CHEMINVEST LTD. V. CIT (2015) 61 TA XMANN.COM 118 (DEL) THAT SECTION 14A WILL NOT APPLY IF NO EXEMPT INCOME IS RECEIVED OR RECEIVABLE DURING THE RELEVANT PREVIOUS YEAR. M/S M.M. POONJIAJI SPICES LTD. ITA NO. 5123/MUM/2016 3 7.1 RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE ABOVE DECISIONS WE SET ASIDE THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A). 8. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 30/11/2017. SD/ - SD/ - ( SAKTIJIT DEY ) (N.K. PRADHAN) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER MUMBAI ; DATED: 30/11/2017 RAHUL SHARMA SR. P.S. COPY OF THE ORDER FORWARDED TO : 1. THE APPELLANT 2. THE RESPONDENT. 3. THE CIT(A) - 4. CIT 5. DR ITAT MUMBAI 6. GUARD FILE . BY ORDER //TRUE COPY// (DY./ASSTT. REGISTRAR) ITAT MUMBAI