Sohan Lal Aggarwal, New Delhi v. ITO, New Delhi

ITA 5711/DEL/2013 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 28-09-2016 | Result: Partly Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 571120114 RSA 2013
Assessee PAN AACPL1555H
Bench Delhi
Appeal Number ITA 5711/DEL/2013
Duration Of Justice 2 year(s) 11 month(s) 5 day(s)
Appellant Sohan Lal Aggarwal, New Delhi
Respondent ITO, New Delhi
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 28-09-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Partly Allowed
Bench Allotted G
Tribunal Order Date 28-09-2016
Date Of Final Hearing 16-08-2016
Next Hearing Date 16-08-2016
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 23-10-2013
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCH G NEW DELHI BEFORE : SHRI I.C. SUDHIR JUDICIAL MEMBER & SHRI L.P. SAHU ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 ASSTT. YEAR : 2010 - 11 SOHAN LAL AGGARWAL VS. INCOME - TAX OFFICER A - 1/148 LAWRENCE ROAD WARD 38(3) NEW DELHI. NEW DELHI. (PAN : AACPL 1555H) (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY : SH. RAJESH MAHNA ADVOCATE RESPONDENT BY : SH. B. RAMANJANEYULA SR. DR DATE OF HEARI NG : 16.08.2016 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 28 .09.2016 ORDER PER L.P. SAHU ACCOUNTANT MEMBER: THIS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF LD. CIT(A) - XXVIII NEW DELH DATED 08.08.2013 FOR THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2010 - 11 ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS : 1. THAT THE LEARNED CIT(A) HAS ERRED IN UPHOLDING THE DISALLOWANCE OF EXPENSES AMOUNTING TO RS.6 30 200/ - UNDER SECTION 40(A)(IA) WITHOUT APPRECIATING THE CORRECT FACTS AND LAW OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961. 2. THAT THE LEARNED CIT(A) HAS FAILED IN APPRECIATING THAT IN SPITE OF FACT THAT THE BILLS VOUCHERS WERE PRODUCED BEFORE THE AO AND CIT(A) HAVE DISALLOWED THE EXPENSES OF RS.6 30 200/ - U/S. 40(A)(IA) OF THE IT ACT KEEPING VIEW THE FACTS NO DISALLOWANCE CAN BE MADE. ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 2 3. THAT THE LEA RNED CIT(A) HAS ERRED IN LAW AND ON FACTS IN REJECTING BOOKS OF ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE UNDER SECTION 145. THE ACTION BEING ARBITRARY BASED ON CONJECTURES AND SURMISES AS THERE WERE NO GROUNDS. 4. THAT THE LEARNED CIT(A) HAS WRONGLY COMPUTED THE PROFIT AT 4% OF THE TURNOVER WHILE REJECTING THE BOOK RESULTS OF THE ASSESSEE. THIS HAS NO RELEVANCE WITH THE PAST HISTORY OR THE REASONS OF REJECTION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. 5. THAT THE LEARNED CIT(A) HAS FURTHER FAILED TO FOLLOW THE PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL JUSTICE W HILE DECIDING THE APPEAL. AS ALSO FAILED TO UPHOLD THE ADDITION AS WELL AS REJECTION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. 2. THE BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME ON 25.09.2010 DECLARING INCOME OF RS.8 99 500/ - . THE RETURN WAS PRO CESSED U/S. 143(1) AND SELECTED FOR SCRUTINY. NOTICE U/S. 143(2) WAS ISSUED ON 24.08.2011 AND QUESTIONNAIRES WERE ISSUED TIME TO TIME. THE ASSESSING OFFICER NOTED THAT THE ASSESSEE IS A CIVIL CONTRACTOR AND HE HAS SHOWN TURNOVER OF RS.5.72 CRORES DECLARING NET PROFIT OF RS.11 40 215/ - WHICH GIVES NET PROFIT RATIO AT 2%. THE ASSESSING OFFICER ISSUED NOTICE AND REQUIRED THE DETAILS AS PER NOTICE. THE CASE WAS FIXED ON 30.08.2012. IN THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS ON 21 . 08 . 2012 THE ASSESSEE WAS ASKED TO PRODUCE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT AND FURNISH BILLS AND VOUCHERS IN RESPECT OF THE EXPENSES DEBITED TO THE PROFIT AND LOSS ACCOUNT. THE ASSESSEE DID NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS ON THE GIVEN DATE AND AGAIN OPPORTUNITY WAS GIVEN TO THE ASSESSEE ON DATED 11.10.2012. THE AR OF THE ASSESSEE ATTENDED ON 04.10.2012 BUT HE DID NOT PRODUCE THE REQUIRED ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 3 DETAILS. THE LD. ASSESSING OFFICER ISSUED SHOW CAUSE NOTICE ON 12.10.2012 FOR REJECTION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNT AND TIME WAS GRANTED UPTO 19.10.2012. HOWEVER NO COMPLIANCE WAS MADE BY THE ASSESSEE UPTO 19.10.2012. THEREFORE THE ASSESSING OFFICER REJECTED THE ASSESSEE S BOOKS OF ACCOUNT U/S. 145 OF THE IT ACT ON THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS : A) THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE THE BILLS/VOUCHERS IN SUPPORT OF EXPENSES DEBITED TO P & L ACCOUNT AND DESPITE BEING DIRECTED TO FURNISH THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF CONCERNS FROM WHOM IT HAD MADE PURCHASES EXCEEDING RS.1 LAKH DURING THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR VERIFICATION OF SUCH EXPENSES NO DETAILS WERE FILED FOR WELL OVER A PERIOD OF OVER THREE MONTHS IT IS HELD THAT THE BOOK RESULTS OF THE ASSESSEE REMAIN UNVERIFIABLE. B) THE ASSESSEE HAS BEEN SHOWING A VERY LOW NET PROFIT OF 2% OF GROSS RECEIPTS AND UPON BEING PUT TO THE TEST OF VERIFICATION OF SUCH EXPENSES THERE HAS BEEN NO REPLY FROM THE ASSESSEE PARTICULARLY SO WHEN THE COMPLETE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PERSONS FROM WHOM PURCHASES WERE DECLARED WERE SPECIFICALLY SOUGHT AS DETAILED ABOVE. C) THE ASSESSEE IS ALSO NOT REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN MAINTAINING A DAY TO DAY STOCK RECORD AS CERTIFIED BY THE AUDITOR IN PARA 9(B) OF THE AUDIT REPORT IN FORM 3 CD. SINCE THE ASSESSEE HAS REFRAINED FROM FURNISHING VERIFIABLE DETAILS OF THE SUPPLIERS AND HAS ALSO NOT PRODUCED THE PURCHASE BILLS THE QUANTITATIVE TALLY OF THE MATERIAL CONSUMED C AN ALSO NOT BE ESTABLISHED. D) JUDICIAL OPINION ON THE ISSUE OF REJECTION OF BOOK RESULTS U/S. 145 OF IT ACT IS CONSISTENTLY TO THE EFFECT THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF THE VOUCHERS AND QUANTITATIVE TALLY OF STOCK CONSIDERED WITH OTHER UNDERLYING CIRCUMSTANCES PROFIT CAN LEGITIMATELY BE ESTIMATED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER AS HELD BY THE HON BLE SUPREME COURT AS WELL AS VARIOUS HIGH COURTS OF THE LAND IN THE FOLLOWING CITATIONS: I) S.N. NAMASIWAYAM CHETTIAR V CIT (SC) 38 ITR 579 (II) AWADESH PRATAP SINGH ABDUL R EHMAN & BROS V CIT (ALL.) 210 ITR 406 (III). DHONDIRAM DALICHAND VS. CIT (BOM) 81 ITR 609 (IV). PUNJAB TRADING CO. LTD VS. CIT (PUN.) 53 ITR 335 ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 4 (V). BHAI SUNDER DAS S A RDAR SINGH (P) LTD. VS. CIT(DEL.) 84 ITR 106 IN THE INSTANT CASE THE ASSESSEE HAS NEITHER PRODUCED BILLS/VOUCHERS NOR GIVEN ADDRESSES OF ITS SUPPLIERS THEREBY PREVENTING INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION. IT DOES NOT MAINTAIN ANY QUANTITATIVE TALLY OF ITS STOCK OR STOCK RECORDS AND ITS PROFIT RATE IS ALSO LOWER THAN THAT DECLARED BY SIMILAR PLA CED CONTRACTORS. IN VIEW OF THESE DEFECTS THE UNSUBSTANTIATED BOOK RESULTS OF THE ASSESSEE CANNOT BE ACCE PTED AS DECLARED BY HIM. 3. THE ASSESSING OFFICER APPLIED 4% NET PROFIT AND ACCORDINGLY CALCULATED PROFIT OF RS.22 88 428/ - . 4. ON PERUSAL OF PROFI T AND LOSS ACCOUNT THE ASSESSING OFFICER NOTED THAT A SUM OF RS.2 12 000/ - HAS BEEN DEBITED TOWARDS MIXER RENT AND ANOTHER RS.4 18 200/ - HAS BEEN DEBITED TOWARDS HOT MIX PLANT RENT. ON THESE TWO PAYMENTS NO TDS WAS DEDUCTED AT THE TIME OF MAKING THE PAYM ENT TO THE PAYEE. THEREFORE THE AO DISALLOWED THESE PAYMENTS U/S. 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF AO THE ASSESSEE FILED APPEAL BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) AND THE ASSESSEE ALSO FILED SOME ADDITIONAL EVIDENCES BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) BUT HE DID N OT FILE ANY APPLICATION U/R 46A. AFTER CONSIDERING THE MATTER THE LD. CIT(A) UPHELD THE ORDER OF THE ASSESSING OFFICER. AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF LD. CIT(A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE THE TRIBUNAL. ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 5 5. THE LD. AR OF THE ASSESSEE REITERATED THE SUBM ISSIONS MADE BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) AND THE LD. DR RELIED ON THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW. 6. AFTER HEARING THE PARTIES AND PERUSING THE ENTIRE MATERIALS ON RECORD WE FIND THAT THE ASSESSEE DID NOT FILE THE DETAILS AS REQUIRED BY THE ASSESSING OFF ICER BY VARIOUS NOTICES AND QUESTIONNAIRES TO VERIFY THE BOOK VERSION OF THE ASSESSEE. THE ASSESSING OFFICER GAVE SUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES TO THE ASSESSEE. HOWEVER THE ASSESSEE SUBMITTED A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) . THE GROUNDS OF REJECTIO N OF ACCOUNTS ALSO DO NOT STAND REBUTTED ON THE PART OF THE ASSESSEE. THEREFORE FOR WANT OF REQUISITE DETAILS BILLS AND VOUCHERS THE BOOK VERSION OF THE ASSESSEE WAS NOT OPEN FOR VERIFICATION. IN PRESENCE OF THESE FACTS THE AO HAD NO ALTERNATIVE EXCEPT TO REJECT THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE. IN OUR OPINION THE REJECTION OF BOOKS OF ACCOUNT MADE BY THE AO DESERVES TO BE UPHELD. 7. WE ALSO FIND THAT THE AO HAS CONSIDERED THE PROFIT RATE OF 4% AS APPROPRIATE KEEPING IN VIEW THE SIMILARLY PLACED O THER CONTRACTORS WHICH IN VIEW OF NON - PRODUCTION OF BILLS AND VOUCHERS BEFORE THE AO APPEARS TO BE JUSTIFIED. IT IS NOTABLE THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD FILED BILLS AND VOUCHERS BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) AS ADDITIONAL EVIDENCE WITHOUT FILING ANY APPLICATION U/R. 46A BUT ITA NO. 5711/DEL./2013 6 THOSE BILLS AND VOUCHERS PERTAINED ONLY TO PLANTS RENT . A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE WAS ALSO FILED. HOWEVER NO BILLS AND VOUCHERS WITH RESPECT TO OTHER BUSINESS EXPENSES WERE PRODUCED EVEN BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) OR THE AO. IN SUCH STATE OF AFFAIRS THE NE T PROFIT RATE APPLIED AND AFFIRMED BY THE LD. AUTHORITIES BELOW AT THE RATE OF 4% IS QUITE JUSTIFIED. IT IS HOWEVER WORTHWHILE TO NOTE THAT ONCE THE AUTHORITIES BELOW HAVE APPLIED THE NET PROFIT RATE OF 4% ON THE GROSS RECEIPTS IN OUR OPINION THIS WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL EXPENDITURES INCURRED BY THE ASSESSEE. THEREFORE NO SEPARATE DISALLOWANCE OF EXPENDITURE IS REQUIRED U/S. 40(A)(IA) OF THE IT ACT. WE THEREFORE DELETE THE ADDITION MADE U/S. 40(A)(IA) OF THE ACT. 8. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS PARTLY ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 28.09.2016 . SD/ - SD/ - ( I.C. SUDHIR ) (L.P. SAHU) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER DATED : 28.09.2016 *AKS/ - COPY OF ORDER FORWARDED TO: (1) THE APPELLANT (2) THE RESPONDENT (3) COMMISSIONER (4) CIT(A) (5) DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE (6) GUARD FILE BY ORDER ASSISTANT. REGISTRAR INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL DELHI BENCHES NEW DELHI