HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH, THANE v. ITO - WD - 4(2), THANE

ITA 5817/MUM/2018 | 2005-2006
Pronouncement Date: 15-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 581719914 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN AADPS8397R
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 5817/MUM/2018
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 1 month(s) 7 day(s)
Appellant HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH, THANE
Respondent ITO - WD - 4(2), THANE
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 15-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted H
Tribunal Order Date 15-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 13-11-2019
First Hearing Date 13-11-2019
Assessment Year 2005-2006
Appeal Filed On 08-10-2018
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL MUMBAI BENCH H MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI RAVISH SOOD (JUDICIAL MEMBER) AND SHRI N.K. PRADHAN (ACCOUNTANT MEMBER) ITA NO. 5817/MUM/2018 ASSESSMENT YEAR: 2005-06 HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH C-201 SHAMBHAVNATH BUILDING NEAR HAIN TEMPLE VIRAR (W) THANE MAHARASHTRA. VS. THE INCOME TAX OFFICER WARD-4(2) THANE PAN NO. AADPS8397R ASSESSEE BY : SHRI N. M. PORWAL AR REVENUE BY : SHRI K. BHOOPATHI DR DATE OF HEARING : 13/11/2019 DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 15/11/2019 ORDER PER N.K. PRADHAN AM THIS IS AN APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE. THE RELEVA NT ASSESSMENT YEAR IS 2005-06. THE APPEAL IS DIRECTED AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS)-3 MUMBAI [IN SHORT CIT(A)] AND ARISES OUT OF PENALTY LEVIED U/S. 271 A OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (THE ACT). THERE HAS BEEN A DELAY O F 14 DAYS ON THE PART OF THE ASSESSEE IN FILING THE APPEAL BEFORE TH E TRIBUNAL. HAVING GONE THROUGH THE AFFIDAVIT FILED BY THE ASSESSEE ST ATING THAT HER HUSBAND WAS CRITICALLY ILL DURING THE RELEVANT PERI OD WE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD GENUINE DIFFICULTY IN FILING THIS APPELLANT RESPONDENT ITA 5817/MUM/2018/A.Y.2005-06 2 HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH APPEAL. THEREFORE WE CONDONE THE DELAY OF 14 DAYS ON THE PART OF THE ASSESSEE IN FILING THE PRESENT APPEAL. 2. THE GROUNDS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE READ AS UNDER : 1. ON THE FACTS AND IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE CA SE THE LD. CIT(A)-3 ERRED IN LEVYING PENALTY U/S. 271A OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 @ RS.25 000/-. 2. THE LD. CIT(A) ERRED IN NOT APPRECIATING THAT TH E PENALTY ORDER PASSED BY THE AO IS BARRED BY LIMITATION. 3. BRIEFLY STATED THE FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT D URING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE AUTHORIZED REPRESENT ATIVE (AR) OF THE ASSESSEE EXPLAINED BEFORE THE AO THAT THE CASH DEPOSITS APPEARING IN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNT ARE THE TURNOVER. AS PER THE ASSESSEE HER PROFIT MARGIN IS ONLY 1% TO 1.5% OF TH E TURNOVER. AS THE ASSESSEE FAILED TO MAINTAIN BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS THE AO ESTIMATED THE PROFIT @8% OF THE TURNOVER OF RS.25 78 000/- WHICH COMES TO RS.2 21 440/-. FURTHER DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDING S THE AO OBSERVED THAT THE ASSESSEE HAD NOT FILED THE RETURN OF INCOME AND ALSO NOT MAINTAINED THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AS PER SE CTION 44AA OF THE ACT. THUS INFERRING THAT THERE WAS A FAILURE ON TH E PART OF THE ASSESSEE THE AO ISSUE A SHOW CAUSE NOTICE U/S. 271 A DATED 20.03.2013 ASKING THE ASSESSEE TO EXPLAIN AS TO WHY PENALTY U/S. 271A SHOULD NOT BE IMPOSED. IN RESPONSE TO IT NEIT HER THE ASSESSEE ATTENDED THE OFFICE OF THE AO NOR FURNISHED ANY REP LY. THEREFORE THE AO LEVIED A PENALTY OF RS.25 000/- U/S. 271A OF THE ACT. ITA 5817/MUM/2018/A.Y.2005-06 3 HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH 4. IN APPEAL THE LD. CIT(A) CONFIRMED THE PENALTY OF RS.25 000/- LEVIED BY THE AO ON THE GROUND THAT (I) THE APPELLA NT IS SUPPOSED TO MAINTAIN THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS IF THE TURNOVER IS MORE THAN RS.10 00 000/- U/S.44AA WHEREAS NO BOOKS OF ACCOUN TS ARE MAINTAINED ON THE TURNOVER OF RS.27 68 032/- (II) BY CLAIMING THAT THE NET PROFIT INCOME EARNED IN SUCH BUSINESS IS IN THE RANGE OF 1% TO 1.5% THE ASSESSEE HAS DELIBERATELY NOT MAINTAIN ED THE BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS. 5. BEFORE US THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE RELI ES ON THE ORDER OF THE TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF ACIT V. AGGRAWAL CONSTR UCTION CO. 291 ITR AT 226 CHANDIGARH AND SUBMITS THAT THE RATIO L AID DOWN IN THE ABOVE CASE SQUARELY APPLIES TO THE FACTS OF THE PRE SENT APPEAL AND THEREFORE THE PENALTY OF RS.25 000/- LEVIED BY THE AO BE DELETED. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTA TIVE (DR) SUBMITS THAT THE APPELLANT IS SUPPOSED TO MAINTAIN BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS AS THE TURNOVER IS RS.27 68 032/- WHICH IS MUCH MORE THAN THE TURNOVER OF RS.10 LAKHS PRESCRIBED U/S.44AA OF THE ACT. THUS IT IS STATED THAT THE CIT(A) HAS RIGHTLY AFFIRMED THE PENALTY OF RS.25 000/- LEVIED BY THE AO U/S.271A OF THE ACT. 6. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS AND PERUSED THE RELEVANT MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON RECORD. IN THE INSTANT CASE THE AO DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS U/S. 143(3) R.W.S 254 OF THE ACT ISSUED NOTICE U/S. 143(2) AND 142(1) DATED 03.12.20 12 TO THE ASSESSEE. IN RESPONSE TO IT THE AUTHORIZED REPRESE NTATIVE (AR) OF ITA 5817/MUM/2018/A.Y.2005-06 4 HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH THE ASSESSEE FILED THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS ALONG WI TH COPY OF AFFIDAVIT DATED 27.10.2008 FILED BEFORE THE CIT (A) . I. PAPER BOOK VOLUME-I (A) II. PAPER BOOK VOLUME-I (B) III. PAPER BOOK VOLUME-I(C) THE DOCUMENTS FILED AS PER PAPER BOOK VOLUME I(B) CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING DETAILS; VOLUME I.(B): 1) COPIES OF CASH MEMO FOR F.Y. 2004-05 2) COPIES OF FEW PURCHASES BILLS ALONG WITH BANK PA SSBOOK OF THE SUPPLIERS. 3) SHOWING PAYMENTS MADE TO THEM. 6.1 THAT THE APPELLANT HAS FILED THE ABOVE DOCUMENT S DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS U/S. 143(3) R.W.S 254 HAVE BEEN MENTIONED BY THE AO AT PARA 4 AND PARA 5 OF THE ASS ESSMENT ORDER DATED 20.03.2013. AS PER THE AIR INFORMATION THE C ASH DEPOSITS IN THE SAVING BANK ACCOUNT OF THE ASSESSEE DURING THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2004-05 WERE RS.25 78 000/-. THE AO ON VERIFICATION OF THE BANK STATEMENT FOR THE SAME FINANCIAL YEAR FOUND THAT TH E ACTUAL CASH DEPOSITS IN HER ACCOUNT WERE RS.27 68 032/- INSTEAD OF RS.25 78 000/- AS REPORTED IN THE AIR. FINALLY THE AO ESTIMATED THE NET PROFIT @8% OF RS.27 68 032/- WHICH WORKS OUT TO RS.2 21 442/-. 6.2 IN VIEW OF THE FACTS NARRATED AT PARA 6 AND 6.1 HEREINABOVE IT IS NOT A FIT CASE FOR LEVY OF PENALTY OF RS.25 000/ - U/S. 271A OF THE ACT. ACCORDINGLY WE DELETE IT. ITA 5817/MUM/2018/A.Y.2005-06 5 HARSHA PRAVIN SHAH 7. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSE E IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 15.11.2019 SD/- SD/- (RAVISH SOOD) (N.K. PRADHAN) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER MUMBAI; DATED: 15.11.2019 SUBHANKAR PS 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./ASSISTANT REGISTRAR) ITAT MUMBAI