The DCIT, Circle-1(1), Guntur v. M/s Agricultural Market Committee, Piduguralla

ITA 564/VIZ/2009 | 2007-2008
Pronouncement Date: 27-04-2010 | Result: Dismissed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 56425314 RSA 2009
Assessee PAN AAFKA7492G
Bench Visakhapatnam
Appeal Number ITA 564/VIZ/2009
Duration Of Justice 3 month(s) 29 day(s)
Appellant The DCIT, Circle-1(1), Guntur
Respondent M/s Agricultural Market Committee, Piduguralla
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 27-04-2010
Appeal Filed By Department
Order Result Dismissed
Bench Allotted DB
Tribunal Order Date 27-04-2010
Assessment Year 2007-2008
Appeal Filed On 29-12-2009
Judgment Text
PAGE 1 OF 3 IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL VISAKHAPATNAM BENCH VISAKHAPATNAM B EFORE: SHRI SUNIL KUMAR YADAV JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI B.R.BASKARAN ACCOUNTANT MEMBER SL. NO CASE NO. ASST. YEAR P.A.N NO. APPELLANTS RESPONDENTS 1 ITA NO.562/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAFKA7492G DCIT CIRC LE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE CHENCHUPET 2 ITA NO.563/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAFKA 4155G DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE KROSURU 3 ITA NO.564/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0307M DCIT CIRC LE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PIDUGURALLA 4 ITA NO.565/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0422 G DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE DUGGIRALA 5 ITA NO.566/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0393 A DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PAPARAJUTHOTA 6 ITA NO.567/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0410 C DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE GUNTUR 7 ITA NO.568/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0411 D DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PONNURU 8 ITA NO.569/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA0466Q DCIT CIRC LE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE REPALLE 9 ITA N O.570/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA 0414G DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE BAPATLA 10 ITA NO.571/VIZ/2010 2007-08 AAALA 0301L DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE SATTHENAPALLI 11 ITA NO.572/VIZ/2009 2007-08 AAALA 0301L DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PARCHURU APPELLANT BY : SHRI SUBRATA SARKAR CIT-DR RESPONDENTS BY : SHRI G.V.N. HARI CA ORDER PER BENCH: - THE APPEALS FILED AT THE INSTANCE OF THE REVENUE AR E DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER PASSED BY THE LD CIT (A) IN THE RESPECTIVE HA NDS OF THE ASSESSEE STATED ABOVE FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2007-08. 2. THOUGH THE REVENUE HAS RAISED SEVERAL GROUNDS T HE ONLY ISSUE THAT EMERGES IS WHETHER THE LD CIT (A) IS RIGHT IN HOLD ING THAT THE SECTION 10(26AAB) PAGE 2 OF 3 IS RETROACTIVE IN OPERATION AND THEREBY THE INCOME OF THESE ASSESSEES ARE EXEMPT U/S 10(26AAB) OF THE ACT. 3. WE HAVE HEARD THE PARTIES AND CAREFULLY PERUSED THE RECORD. WE NOTICE THAT LD CIT(A) HAS FOLLOWED THE DECISION RENDERED B Y THIS BENCH ON IDENTICAL ISSUES. LD CIT(A) HAS EXTRACTED THE FOLLOWING OBSE RVATIONS MADE BY THIS BENCH OF ITAT . WE ARE LEFT FOR CONSIDERATION WITH ONLY TWO ISSUES (I) WHETHER INSERTION OF SUB-CLAUSE (26AAB) OF SECTION 10 OF THE INCOME TAX ACT WAS A DECLARATORY ACT TO REMOVE DOUBT S EXISTING WITH REGARD TO THE EFFECT OF PRE-EXISTING STATUTE A ND HENCE IT IS RETROSPECTIVE IN OPERATION; AND (II) WHETHER THE IM PUGNED EXPENDITURE IN THE FORM OF CONTRIBUTION TO NEERU M EERU ETC. AND THE MANDATORY PAYMENT TO THE CENTRAL MARKET FUN D UNDER SEC.16/26 OF THE MARKET COMMITTEE ACT CAN BE CONSID ERED AS AMOUNTS INCURRED FOR THE OBJECT OF THE AMCS UNDER S EC.36(1)(XII) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT OR WHETHER THE INCOME AS SUCH CAN BE TREATED AS FALLING OUTSIDE THE KEN OF TAXATION ON T HE PRINCIPLE AND DIVERSION OF INCOME BY OVERRIDING TITLE . SINCE WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE PROVISION S OF SECTION 10(26AAB) OF THE INCOME TAX ACT ARE INTENDED TO BE R ETROACTIVE IN OPERATION HAVING BEEN INSERTED IN THE STATUTE B OOK WITH A VIEW TO CLARIFY THE POSITION OF AMCS EVEN UNDER PRE -EXISTING STATUTE AND THE FINANCE MINISTER HAVING SPECIFICAL LY MENTIONED WHILE REPLYING TO THE DEBATE IN THE LOK SABHA THAT THERE IS NO INTENTION TO TAX AMCS THE ENTIRE FEE/INCOME COLLEC TED/RECEIVED HAS TO BE CONSIDERED AS EXEMPT FROM THE LEVY OF TAX IN WHICH EVEN THE DECISION ON THE ANCILLARY ISSUE IS OF ACAD EMIC IMPORTANCE AND THUS NEED NOT BE GONE INTO 4. IN A BATCH OF APPEALS I.E. IN I.T.A.NO.90/ VIZAG/2007 AND BATCH I.T.A.T. VISAKHAPATNAM BENCH VIDE ORDER DT.28.11.2008 HELD THAT THE INCOME OF THE AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEES IS EXEMPT UNDER SECT ION 10(26AAB) OF THE ACT. THE DECISION RENDERED IN THAT CASE IS EXTRACTED BEL OW: HAVING REGARD TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CASE WE ARE OF THE FIRM VIEW THAT THE INSERTION OF SUB-CLAUSE (26AAB) TO SECTION 10 OF THE INCOME TAX ACT IS ESSENTIALLY INTENDED TO DECLARE THE INTENTION OF THE LEGISLATURE OF NOT TAXING THE INCO ME OF AMCS CONSTITUTED UNDER ANY LAW FOR THE TIME BEING IN FOR CE FOR THE PURPOSES OF REGULATING THE MARKETING OF AGRICULTURA L PRODUCE AND HENCE IT HAS TO BE TREATED AS RETROACTIVE IN OP ERATION AND APPLICABLE EVEN FOR THE PRIOR YEARS WE ORDER ACCOR DINGLY. PAGE 3 OF 3 5. SINCE THE LD CIT(A) HAS FOLLOWED THE DECISIO N RENDERED BY THIS BENCH WE DO NOT FIND ANY REASON TO INTERFERE WITH HIS ORDER. 6. IN THE RESULT THE APPEALS FILED BY THE REVE NUE ARE DISMISSED. PRONOUNCED ACCORDINGLY IN THE OPEN COURT ON 27-4-2010 SD/- SD/- (SUNIL KUMAR YADAV) (B.R.BASKARAN) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER PVV/SPS VISAKHAPATNAM DATE: 27 TH APRIL 2010 COPY TO 1. THE DCIT CIRCLE-1(1) GUNTUR 2. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE CHENCHUPET 3. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE KROSURU 4. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PIDUGURALLA 5. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE DUGGIRALA 6. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PAPARAJUTHOTA 7. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE BAPATLA 8. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PONNURU 9. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE REPALLE 10. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE SATTHENAPALLI 11. AGRICULTURAL MARKET COMMITTEE PARCHURU 12. THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME-TAX (APPEALS) VISAKHAPAT NAM 9. THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX VISAKHAPATNAM 10. THE DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE I.T.A.T. VISA KHAPATNAM 11. GUARD FILE BY ORDER SENIOR PRIVATE SECRETARY INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL VISAKHAPATNAM