PRINT PLUS PRIVATE LIMITED, MUMBAI v. INCOME TAX OFFICER TDS CIRCLE, MUMBAI

ITA 6003/MUM/2018 | misc
Pronouncement Date: 15-11-2019 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 600319914 RSA 2018
Assessee PAN AAECP7030J
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 6003/MUM/2018
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 23 day(s)
Appellant PRINT PLUS PRIVATE LIMITED, MUMBAI
Respondent INCOME TAX OFFICER TDS CIRCLE, MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 15-11-2019
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Tags 6003
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 15-11-2019
Last Hearing Date 14-11-2019
First Hearing Date 14-11-2019
Assessment Year misc
Appeal Filed On 22-10-2018
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL C BENCH MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI MAHAVIR SINGH JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI WASEEM AHMED ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ./ ITA NO.6003/MUM/2018 [ [ / ASSTT. YEAR:2013-14 PRINT PLUS PVT. LTD. 122 BUILDING NO. A-2 SHAH AND NAHAR INDUSTRIAL ESTATE S J MARG LOWER PAREL MUMBAI- 400013 PAN: AAECP7030J VS. ITO TDS CIRCLE CENTRAL PROCESSING CENTRE MUMBAI (APPLICANT) ( RESPON D ENT ) ASSESSEE BY : SHRI N. K. BHUTA AR REVENUE BY : SHRI KUMAR PADMAPANI BORA DR / DATE OF HEARING : 14/11/2019 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT: 15/11/2019 / O R D E R PER WASEEM AHMED ACCOUNTANT MEMBER: THE CAPTIONED APPEAL HAS BEEN FILED AT THE INSTANCE OF THE ASSESSEE AGAINST THE ORDER OF THE LEARNED COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX (APPEALS) MUMBAI DATED 05/07/2018 (IN SHORT LD. CIT(A)) ARISING IN THE MATTER OF ASSESSMENT ORDER PASSED UNDER S. 200A OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HERE-IN-AFTER REFERRED TO AS 'THE ACT') DT. 23/12/2013 TO THE ASSESSMENT YEAR 2012-13. ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 2 2. THE ASSESSEE HAS RAISED THE FOLLOWING GROUNDS OF APPEAL: 1. LEVYING OF LATE FILING FEES U/S. 234E IN INTIMATION U/S. 200A WAS INTRODUCED WITH EFFECT FROM 01/06/2015. AS SUCH PRIOR TO 01/06/2015 LATE FILING FEES COULD NOT BE LEVIED IN INTIMATIONS U/S. 200A. AS SUCH THE LEVY OF LATE FILING FEES IS BAD IN LAW AND BE DELETED. 2. THE APPELLANT CRAVES LEAVE TO ADD ALTER DELETE OR MODIFY ALL OR ANY THE ABOVE GROUND AT THE TIME OF HEARING. 3. THE SOLITARY ISSUE RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE IS THAT THE LEARNED CIT (A) ERRED IN CONFIRMING THE ORDER OF THE AO BY LEVYING LATE FILING FEES UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. 4. THE FACTS IN BRIEF ARE THAT THE AO WHILE PROCESSING INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT HAS CHARGED LATE FILING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT FOR LATE FILING OF QUARTERLY TDS STATEMENTS IN THE SPECIFIED FORM. 5. THE AGGRIEVED ASSESSEE PREFERRED AN APPEAL TO LD. CIT (A) WHO CONFIRMED THE ORDER OF THE AO. 6. BEING AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT (A) THE ASSESSEE IS IN APPEAL BEFORE US. 7. THE LEARNED AR BEFORE US SUBMITTED THAT THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 234E OF THE ACT WERE INTRODUCED WITH EFFECT FROM 1ST JUNE 2015. THEREFORE THERE CANNOT BE ANY LATE FILING FEE UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT FOR THE EARLIER YEARS. 8. ON THE OTHER HAND THE LEARNED DR BEFORE US VEHEMENTLY SUPPORTED THE ORDER OF THE AO. 9. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS AND PERUSED THE MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON RECORD. AT THE OUTSET WE NOTE THAT THIS TRIBUNAL INVOLVING IDENTICAL FACTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE CASE OF MARUMESA EXIM PVT. LTD. VS. THE ITO TDS IN ITA NO. 4438/MUM/2015 VIDE ORDER DATED 23-09- ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 3 2016 HAS DECIDED THE ISSUE IN FAVOUR OF THE ASSESSEE. THE RELEVANT EXTRACT OF THE ORDER IS REPRODUCED AS UNDER: 7. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS PERUSED THE ORDERS OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW AND THE DECISIONS RELIED ON. WE FIND THAT A SIMILAR ISSUE HAS ARISEN IN A BUNCH OF APPEALS NAMELY M/S. KASH REALTORS PVT. LTD & OTHERS IN ITA NOS. 4199/M/2015 DATED 27.7.2016 WHEREIN THE CO-ORDINATE BENCH CONSIDERING VARIOUS DECISIONS INCLUDING THE JURISDICTIONAL DECISION WHICH THE CIT(APPEALS) RELIED ON I.E. RASHMIKANT KUNDALIA VS UNION OF INDIA DATED 9.2.2015 HELD AS UNDER: IN THIS BUNCH OF 17 APPEALS THE SOLE ISSUE INVOLVED IS AS TO WHETHER OR NOT FOR THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 01.06.15 FEES UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE ACT) IN RESPECT OF DEFAULTS IN FURNISHING TDS STATEMENTS COULD BE LEVIED IN INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. 2. IN SOME OF THE APPEALS THERE IS A REPRESENTATION BY THE LD. COUNSEL/AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEE. HOWEVER IN SOME OF APPEALS NONE HAS COME PRESENT AND ADJOURNMENT HAS BEEN SOUGHT. HOWEVER CONSIDERING THE SHORT AND COMMON ISSUE INVOLVED IN ALL THE APPEALS WHICH CAN BE ADJUDICATED ON THE BASIS OF ONLY A FEW MATERIAL FACTS WE PROCEED TO DECIDE THE APPEALS REJECTING THE ADJOURNMENT APPLICATIONS IF ANY MOVED ANY OF THE ABOVE CAPTIONED APPEALS. 3. IN ALL THESE CASES THERE WAS ADMITTEDLY A DELAY IN FILING OF THE TDS RETURNS. THE PERIOD INVOLVED IS AFTER 01.07.12 BUT PRIOR TO 01.06.15. THESE DATES ARE RELEVANT BECAUSE 1.7.2012 IS THE DATE OF INSERTION OF SECTION 234E INTO THE INCOME TAX ACT 1961 WHEREAS 1.6.2015 IS THE DATE OF AMENDMENT/SUBSTITUTION OF CLAUSE (C) TO SECTION 200A VIDE WHICH IT HAS BEEN PROVIDED THAT FEES PAYABLE UNDER SECTION 234E CAN BE ADJUSTED WHILE PROCESSING INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A W.E.F. 1.6.2015. 4. NOW COMING TO THE FACTS OF THESE CASES IN THE COURSE OF THE PROCESSING OF THE TDS RETURNS THE ASSESSING OFFICER (TDS) HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE AO(TDS RAISED DEMAND IN EACH OF THE ABOVE CASES BY WAY OF AN INTIMATION ISSUED UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT FOR LEVY OF FEES UNDER SECTION 234E FOR DELAY IN FILING OF TDS STATEMENT BEYOND THE PERIOD STIPULATED AS PER THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. AGGRIEVED BY THIS LEVY OF FEES THE RESPECTIVE ASSESSES CARRIED THE MATTER IN APPEAL BE THE LD. CIT(A) BUT WITHOUT ANY SUCCESS. BEING AGGRIEVED BY THE ORDERS OF THE LD. CIT(A) THE ASSESSES IN THE ABOVE CAPTIONED APPEALS HAVE COME IN APPEAL BEFORE US. 5. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS AND HAVE ALSO PERUSED THE MATERIAL ON RECORD. THE CONTENTION OF THE LD. RESPECTIVE COUNSELS FOR THE ASSESSEES HAS BEEN THAT THIS ISSUE HAS ALREADY BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE AMRITSAR BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF 'SIBIA HEALTHCARE PVT. LTD. V. DCIT' (2015) 171 TTJ (ASR) 0145 WHEREIN THE AMRITSAR BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL HAS HELD THAT SINCE THE INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A IS AN APPEALABLE ORDER BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) (W. E. F. 1.7.2012) UNDER SECTION 246A (A) AND THEREFORE THE LD. CIT(A) COULD HAVE EXAMINED THE VALIDITY OF THE ADJUSTMENTS MADE UNDER THE INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A IN THE LIGHT AND SCOPE OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 200A. THE TRIBUNAL FURTHER OBSERVED THAT SINCE THERE WAS NO ENABLING PROVISION UNDER SECTION 200A BEFORE 01.06.15 PROVIDING FOR THE ADJUSTMENT IN RESPECT OF LEVY OF FEES UNDER SECTION 234E WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENTS HENCE IN THE ABSENCE OF SUCH AN ENABLING PROVISION NO SUCH LEVY COULD BE AFFECTED. THE PROVISION FOR MAKING ADJUSTMENTS REGARDING FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E HAS BEEN INTRODUCED BY WAY OF AMENDMENT MADE VIDE FINANCE ACT 2015 W.E.F. 01.06.15 ONLY. ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 4 THE TRIBUNAL THEREFORE HELD THAT THE ACTION OF THE AO IN MAKING ADJUSTMENTS WITH REGARD TO THE FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENTS UNDER SECTION 200A FOR THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 1.6.2015 WAS NOT LEGALLY VALID. IT HAS THEREFORE BEEN CONTENDED ON BEHALF OF THE ASSESSEES THAT THE TDS STATEMENTS FILED BY THE ASSESSEE HAS TO BE PROCESSED IN THE MANNER AS LAID DOWN IN THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 200A AS IN FORCE DURING THE RELEVANT PERIOD. THAT THE LEVY OF FEES UNDER SECTION234E OF THE ACT THUS CANNOT BE A SUBJECT MATTER OF PROCESS WHILE PROCEEDING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT SO FAR AS THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 01.06.15 IS CONCERNED. 6. THE LD. D. R. ON THE OTHER HAND HAS RELIED UPON THE DECISION OF THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF RASHMIKANT KUNDALIA VS. UNION OF INDIA DATED 09.02.15 WHICH DECISION HAS BEEN RELIED UPON BY THE LD. CIT(A) IN THE IMPUGNED ORDER WHEREIN THE JURISDICTIONAL HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT HAS UPHELD THE CONSTITUTIONAL VALIDITY OF SECTION 234E. THE LD. D. R. HAS FURTHER SUBMITTED THAT EVEN OTHERWISE THE SECTION 234E OF THE ACT IS AN INDEPENDENT SECTION AND THE AO (TDS) HAS OTHERWISE JURISDICTION TO LEVY PENALTY FOR PENALTY FOR DELAY IN FILING TDS STATEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. IT HAS THEREFORE BEEN CONTENDED THAT THE AO(TDS) HAS RIGHTLY EXERCISED HIS JURISDICTION WHILE MAKING ADJUSTMENT OF THE FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E FOR NON-COMPLIANCE/DELAY IN FILING THE TDS STATEMENTS AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. 7. WE HAVE HEARD THE RIVAL CONTENTIONS AND HAVE ALSO GONE THROUGH THE CASE LAWS CITED BEFORE US. SO FAR AS THE RELIANCE OF THE REVENUE ON THE DECISION OF THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF 'RASHMIKANT KUNDALIA VS. UNION OF INDIA (SUPRA) IS CONCERNED WE FIND THAT IN THE SAID CASE THE CONSTITUTIONAL VALIDITY OF SECTION 234E WAS CHALLENGED. THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT HAS UPHELD THE VALIDITY OF THE SECTION 234E. HOWEVER THE ISSUE WHETHER THE FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E CAN BE ADJUSTED WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENTS UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT IN RELATION TO THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 01.06.15 HAS NEITHER BEEN RAISED BEFORE THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT NOR HAS BEEN ADJUDICATED. HENCE THE RELIANCE OF THE REVENUE ON THE DECISION OF THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF 'RASHMIKANI KUNDALIA VS. UNION OF INDIA' (SUPRA) SO FAR AS THE ISSUE IS CONCERNED IS OF NO HELP TO THE REVENUE. ONE OF THE CONTENTIONS RAISED BEFORE THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT WAS THAT UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT NO APPEAL IS PROVIDED FOR OR FROM AN ARBITRARY ORDER PASSED UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT. THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURTS OBSERVED THAT A RIGHT OF APPEAL IS NOT A MATTER OF RIGHT BUT IS A CREATURE OF STATUTE AND IF THE LEGISLATURE DEEMS IT FIT NOT TO PROVIDE A REMEDY OF APPEAL SO BE IT. THE HONBLE BOMBAY HIGH COURT HAS OBSERVED THAT EVEN IN SUCH A SCENARIO THE AGGRIEVED PARTY IS NOT LEFT REMEDIES RATHER SUCH AGGRIEVED PERSON CAN ALWAYS APPROACH THE HONBLE HIGH COURT IN EXTRAORDINARY EQUITABLE JURISDICTION UNDER ARTICLE 226/227 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA AS THE CASE MAY BE. 8. HOWEVER IN THE CASES BEFORE US THE GRIEVANCE OF THE ASSESSEE IS NOT AGAINST THE LEVY OF FEES UNDER SECTION 234 OF THE ACT INDEPENDENTLY RATHER THE ISSUE IS THAT WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENTS UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT WHETHER OR NOT THE FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E CAN HE ADJUSTED THEREIN? NO DOUBT THE ORDER PASSED UNDER SECTION 200A IS AN APPEALABLE ORDER BEFORE THE LD. CIT(A) UNDER SECTION 246 OF THE ACT (W.E.F. 1.7.2012). THE APPELLATE ORDER OF THE LD. CIT(A) PASSED UNDER 250 OF THE ACT IS FURTHER APPEALABLE BEFORE THIS TRIBUNAL UNDER SECTION 253 OF THE ACT. HENCE WE DO NOT FIND ANY ILLEGALLY IN THE COURSE ADOPTED BY THE ASSESSEES OF INVOKING THE APPEALABLE JURISDICTION OF THIS TRIBUNAL FOR REDRESSAL OF THEIR GRIEVANCE ON THIS ISSUE. ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 5 9. SO FAR AS THE ISSUE WHETHER FOR THE PERIOD PRIOR TO 01.06. 15. SUCH ADJUSTMENT CAN BE MADE WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENTS UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT IS CONCERNED WE FIND THAT THE AMRITSAR BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF 'SIBIA HEALTHCARE PVT LTD. VS. DCIT' (SUPRA.) HAS HELD THAT IN THE ABSENCE OF ENABLING PROVISION UNDER SECTION 200A PRIOR TO 01.06. 15 SUCH A POWER WAS NOT VESTED WITH THE AO (TDS). THE SAID DECISION HAS BEEN FURTHER FOLLOWED BY THE AHMEDABAD BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL IN A RECENT DECISION DATED 05.02.16 IN THE CASE OF 'VARUN RADIATORS PVT. LTD. VS DCIT (CPC- TDS)' 2016-TIOL-436-ITAT-AHM. HOWEVER WE HAVE COME ACROSS ANOTHER DECISION OF THE CHENNAI BENCH DATED 10.07.15 IN THE CASE OF 'SMT. G. INDHIRANI & OTHERS VS. DCIT CPC TDS' IN ITA NO. 109/MAS/2015 & OTHERS WHEREIN THE CHENNAI BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL HAS CONSIDERED THE DECISION OF THE AMRITSAR BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL IN THE CASE OF 'SIBIA HEALTHCARE PVT. LTD. VS. DCIT' (SUPRA) AND HAS ARRIVED AT A SIMILAR FINDING THAT UNDER SECTION 200A IN THE ABSENCE OF ENABLING PROVISION FOR THE PERIOD BEFORE 01.06.15 THE LEVY OF FEE UNDER SECTION 234E WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENTS WAS NOT PERMISSIBLE TO THE AO (TDS). HOWEVER THE CO-ORDINATE CHENNAI BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL HAS ALSO EXAMINED THE OTHER CONTENTION OF THE REVENUE THAT SECTION 234E IS AN INDEPENDENT SECTION AND THE FEES CAN BE LEVIED BY THE AO (TDS) INDEPENDENT OF THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 200A FOR THE DEFAULT/DELAY IN FILING THE TDS STATEMENTS AS PRESCRIBED UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. THE TRIBUNAL CONSIDERING THE ABOVE SUBMISSIONS HELD THAT IF THE ASSESSEE FAILS TO PAY THE FEES BEFORE FILING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY MAY PASS A SEPARATE ORDER LEVYING OF SUCH FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT IF THE SAME IS NOT BARRED BY TIME LIMIT OR OTHERWISE UNDER ANY OTHER PROVISIONS OF LAW. THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY HOWEVER COULD NOT ADJUST THE FEES LEVIABLE UNDER SECTION 234E WHILE PROCESSING THE TDS STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. HOWEVER AFTER 01.06.15 THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY IS WELL WITHIN HIS LIMIT TO LEVY FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT EVEN WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A AND MAKING ADJUSTMENT. THE RELEVANT PART OF THE DECISION OF THE CHENNAI BENCH OF THE TRIBUNAL FOR THE SAKE OF COMPLETENESS IS REPRODUCED AS UNDER: '4. THE LD. COUNSEL INVITED OUR ATTENTION TO SECTION 234A OF THE ACT AND SUBMITTED THAT WHEN AN ASSESSEE FAILS TO DELIVER THE STATEMENT WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED TIME THE ASSESSEE IS LIABLE TO PAY BY WAY OF FEE A SUM OF Z200/- FOR EVERY DAY DURING SUCH A PERIOD THE FAILURE CONTINUES. REFERRING TO THE WORD USED IN THE SECTION 234E 'HE SHALL BE LIABLE TO PAY' THE LD. COUNSEL POINTED OUT THAT THE ASSESSEE IS LIABLE TO PAY FEE. HOWEVER IT DOES NOT EMPOWER THE ASSESSING OFFICER TO LEVY THE FEE. SECTION 234E(3) OF THE ACT PROVIDES FOR PAYMENT OF THE FEE BEFORE DELIVERY OF STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THE FEE HAS TO BE PAID BY THE ASSESSEE VOLUNTARILY BEFORE FILING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT AND THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY HAS NO POWER TO LEVY THE FEE. 5. ON THE CONTRARY SH. P. RADHAKRISHNAN THE LD. DEPARTMENTAL REPRESENTATIVE SUBMITTED THAT SECTION 234E OF THE ACT PROVIDES FOR PAYMENT OF FEE IF THE ASSESSEE FAILS TO DELIVER THE STATEMENT AS PRESCRIBED IN SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS EVERY AUTHORITY TO LEVY FEE EITHER BY A SEPARATE ORDER OR WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT TINDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. 6. WE HAVE CONSIDERED THE RIVAL SUBMISSIONS ON EITHER SIDE AND PERUSED THE RELEVANT MATERIAL ON RECORD. SECTION 200A OF THE ACT PROVIDES FOR PROCESSING OF THE STATEMENT OF TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE BY MAKING ADJUSTMENT AS PROVIDED IN THAT SECTION. FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONVENIENCE WE ARE REPRODUCING THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 200A OF THE ACT:- 200A (1) WHERE A STATEMENT OF TAX DEDUCTION AT SOURCE OR A CORRECTION STATEMENT HAS BEEN MADE BY A PERSON DEDUCTING ANY SUM (HEREAFTER REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION AS ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 6 DEDUCTOR) UNDER SECTION 200 SUCH STATEMENT SHALL BE PROCESSED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER NAMELY:- (A) THE SUMS DEDUCTIBLE UNDER THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE COMPUTED AFTER MAKING THE FOLLOWING ADJUSTMENTS NAMELY:- (I) ANY ARITHMETICAL ERROR IN THE STATEMENT; OR (II) AN INCORRECT CLAIM APPARENT FROM AN INFORMATION IN THE STATEMENT (B) THE INTEREST IF ANY SHALL BE COMPUTED OH THE BASIS OF THE SUMS DEDUCTIBLE AS COMPUTED IN THE STATEMENT; (C) THE SUM PAYABLE BY OR THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO THE DEDUCTOR SHALL BE DETERMINED AFTER ADJUSTMENT OF AMOUNT COMPUTED TINDER CLAUSE (B) AGAINST ANY AMOUNT PAID UNDER SECTION 200 AND SECTION 201 AND ANY AMOUNT PAID OTHERWISE BY WAY OF TAX OR INTEREST; (D) AN INTIMATION SHALL BE PREPARED OR GENERATED AND SENT TO THE DEDUCTOR SPECIFYING THE SUM DETERMINED TO BE PAYABLE BY OR THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO HIM UNDER CLAUSE (C); AND (E) THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO THE DEDUCTOR IN PURSUANCE OF THE DETERMINATION UNDER CLAUSE (C) SHALL BE GRANTED TO THE DEDUCTOR; PROVIDED THAT NO INTIMATION UNDER THIS SUB-SECTION SHALL BE SENT AFTER THE EXPIRY OF ONE YEAR FROM THE END OF THE FINANCIAL YEAR IN WHICH THE STATEMENT IS FILED. EXPLANATION -FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUB-SECTION 'ART INCORRECT CLAIM APPARENT FROM ANY INFORMATION IN THE STATEMENT' SHALL MEAN A CLAIM ON THE BASIS OF AN ENTRY IN THE STATEMENT- (I) OF AN ITEM WHICH IS INCONSISTENT WITH ANOTHER ENTRY OF THE SAME OR SOME OTHER ITEM IN SUCH STATEMENT (II) IN RESPECT OF RATE OF DEDUCTION OF TAX AT SOURCE WHERE SUCH RATE IS NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; (2) FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROCESSING OF STATEMENTS UNDER SUBSECTION (1) THE BOARD MAY MAKE A SCHEME FOR CENTRALISED PROCESSING OF STATEMENTS OF TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE TO EXPEDITIOUSLY DETERMINE THE TAX PAYABLE BY OR THE REFUND DUE TO THE DEDUCTOR AS REQUIRED UNDER THE SAID SUB-SECTION. THE ASSESSING OFFICER CANNOT MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENT OTHER THAN THE ONE PRESCRIBED ABOVE IN SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. BY FINANCE ACT 2015 WITH EFFECT FROM 01.06.2015 THE PARLIAMENT AMENDED SECTION 200A BY SUBSTITUTING SUB-SECTION (1) OF CLAUSES (C) TO (E). FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONVENIENCE WE ARE REPRODUCING THE AMENDMENT MADE IN SECTION 200A BY THE FINANCE ACT 2015 AS UNDER:- IN SECTION 200A OF THE INCOME-TAX ACT IN SUB-SECTION (1) FOR CLAUSES (C) TO (E) THE FOLLOWING CLAUSES SHALL BE SUBSTITUTED WITH EFFECT FROM THE 1ST DAY OF JUNE 2015 NAMELY:- '(C) THE FEE IF ANY SHALL BE COMPUTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH - THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 234E; (D) THE SUM PAYABLE BY. OR THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO THE DEDUCTOR SHALL BE DETERMINED AFTER ADJUSTMENT OF THE AMOUNT COMPUTED UNDER CLAUSE (B) AND CLAUSE (C) ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 7 AGAINST ANY AMOUNT PAID UNDER SECTION 200 OR SECTION 201 OR SECTION 234E AND ANY AMOUNT PAID OTHERWISE BY WAY OF TAX OR INTEREST OR FEE; (E) AN INTIMATION SHALL HE PREPARED OR GENERATED AND SENT TO THE DEDUCTOR SPECIFYING THE SUM DETERMINED TO BE PAYABLE BY OR THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO HIM UNDER CLAUSE (D); AND (F) THE AMOUNT OF REFUND DUE TO THE DEDUCTOR IN PURSUANCE OF THE DETERMINATION UNDER CLAUSE (D) SHALL BE GRANTED TO THE DEDUCTOR.' THEREFORE IT IS OBVIOUS THAT PRIOR TO 01.06.2015 THERE WAS NO ENABLING PROVISION IN SECTION 200A OF THE ACT FOR MAKING ADJUSTMENT IN RESPECT OF THE STATEMENT FILED BY THE ASSESSEE WITH REGARD TO TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE BY LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT. THE PARLIAMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME ENABLED THE ASSESSING OFFICER TO MAKE ADJUSTMENT BY LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT WITH EFFECT FROM 01.06.2015. THEREFORE AS RIGHTLY SUBMITTED BY THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEES WHILE PROCESSING STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT THE ASSESSING OFFICER CANNOT MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENT BY LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E PRIOR TO 01.06.2015. IN THE CASE BEFORE US THE ASSESSING OFFICER LEVIED FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT OF TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THIS TRIBUNAL IS OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE FEE LEVIED BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT OF TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE IS BEYOND SCOPE OF ADJUSTMENT PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. THEREFORE SUCH ADJUSTMENT CANNOT STAND IN THE EYE OF LA W. 8. THE NEXT CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE IS THAT SECTION 234E OF THE ACT SAYS THAT THE ASSESSEE 'SHALL BE LIABLE TO PAY' BY WAY OF FEE THEREFORE THE ASSESSEE HAS TO VOLUNTARILY PAY THE FOE AND THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS NO AUTHORITY TO LEVY FEE. THE ARGUMENT OF THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEE IS VERY ATTRACTIVE AND FANCIFUL. HOWEVER WE DO NOT FIND ANY SUBSTANCE IN THAT ARGUMENT. WHEN SECTION 234E CLEARLY SAYS THAT THE ASSESSEE IS LIABLE TO PAY LEE FOR THE DELAY IN DELIVERY OF THE STATEMENT WITH REGARD TO TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE THE ASSESSEE SHALL PAY THE FEE AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 234E(1) OF THE ACT BEFORE DELIVERY OF THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. IF THE ASSESSEE FAILS TO PAY THE FEE FOR THE PERIODS OF DELAY THEN THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY HAS ALL THE POWERS TO LEVY FEE WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT BY MAKING ADJUSTMENT AFTER 01 .06.2015. HOWEVER PRIOR TO 01 .06.2015 THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAD EVERY AUTHORITY TO PASS AN ORDER SEPARATELY LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT. WHAT IS NOT PERMISSIBLE IS THAT LEVY OF FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT OF TAX DEDUCTED AT SOURCE AND MAKING ADJUSTMENT BEFORE 01.06.2015. IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER CANNOT PASS A SEPARATE ORDER UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT LEVYING FEE FOR THE DELAY IN FILING THE STATEMENT AS REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. 9. THE CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE CAN ALSO BE EXAMINED IN THE LIGHT OF THE PROVISIONS OF INDIAN PENAL CODE. SECTION 396 OF INDIAN PENAL CODE PROVIDES FOR PUNISHMENT FOR DACOITY WITH MURDER. THE PUNISHMENT IS IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE OR RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM WHICH MAY BE EXTENDED TO TEN YEARS AND ALSO LIABLE TO FINE. FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONVENIENCE WE ARE REPRODUCING SECTION 396 OF INDIAN PENAL CODE HEREUNDER:- '396. DACOITY WITH MURDER - IF ANY ONE OF FIVE OR MORE PERSONS WHO ARE CONJOINTLY COMMITTING DACOITY COMMITS MURDER IN SO COMMITTING DACOITY EVERY ONE OF THOSE PERSONS SHALL BE PUNISHED WITH DEATH; OR IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE OR RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM WHICH MAY EXTEND TO TEN YEARS AND SHALL ALSO BE LIABLE TO FINE.' ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 8 SIMILARLY SECTION 408 OF INDIAN PENAL CODE PROVIDES FOR CRIMINAL BREACH OF TRUST BY A CLERK OR SERVANT. IN ADDITION TO IMPRISONMENT WHICH MAY EXTEND TO SEVEN YEARS THE ACCUSED WHO IS FOUND TO BE GUILTY SHALL ALSO BE LIABLE TO FINE. SIMILARLY THE OTHER PROVISIONS OF INDIAN PENAL CODE ALSO SAY THAT IN ADDITION TO IMPRISONMENT THE ACCUSED SHALL BE LIABLE TO PAY FINE. THE LANGUAGE USED BY THE PARLIAMENT IN INDIAN PENAL CODE IS SHALL BE LIABLE TO FINE'. THIS MEANS THAT THE MAGISTRATE OR SESSIONS JUDGE WHO TRIES THE ACCUSED FOR AN OFFENCE PUNISHABLE UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF INDIAN PENAL CODE IN ADDITION TO PUNISHMENT OF IMPRISONMENT SHALL ALSO LEVY FINE. IF THE CONTENTION OF THE LD. COUNSEL FOR THE ASSESSEES IS ACCEPTED THEN THE MAGISTRATE OR SESSIONS JUDGE AS THE CASE MAY BE WHO IS TRYING THE ACCUSED FOR THE OFFENCE PUNISHABLE UNDER INDIAN PENAL CODE MAY NOT HAVE AUTHORITY TO LEVY FINE. 10. IT IS WELL KNOWN PRINCIPLE THAT THE FINE PRESCRIBED UNDER THE INDIAN PENAL CODE HAS TO BE LEVIED BY THE CONCERNED MAGISTRATE OR SESSIONS JUDGE WHO IS TRYING THE OFFENCE PUNISHABLE UNDER THE INDIAN PENAL CODE. THEREFORE THE CONTENTION OF THE LD. COUNSEL THAT MERELY BECAUSE THE PARLIAMENT HAS USED THE LANGUAGE HE SHALL BE LIABLE TO PAY BY WAY OF FEE' THE ASSESSEE HAS TO PAY THE FEE VOLUNTARILY AND THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS NO AUTHORITY TO LEVY FEE COULD NOT BE ACCEPTED. NO ONE WOULD COME FORWARD TO PAY THE FEE VOLUNTARILY UNLESS THERE IS A COMPULSION UNDER THE STATUTORY PROVISION. THE PARLIAMENT WELCOMES THE CITIZENS TO COME FORWARD AND COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE ACT BY PAYING THE PRESCRIBED FEE BEFORE FILING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. HOWEVER IF THE ASSESSEE FAILS TO PAY THE FEE BEFORE FILING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY IS WELL WITHIN HIS LIMIT IN PASSING A SEPARATE ORDER LEVYING SUCH A FEE IN ADDITION TO PROCESSING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. IN OTHER WORDS BEFORE 01.06.2015 THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY COULD PASS A SEPARATE ORDER UNDER SECTION 234E LEVYING FEE FOR DELAY IN FILING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200(3) OF THE ACT. HOWEVER AFTER 01 .06.2015 THE ASSESSING AUTHORITY IS WELL WITHIN HIS LIMIT TO LEVY FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT EVEN WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT UNDER SECTION 200A AND MAKING ADJUSTMENT. 11. IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE DISCUSSION THIS TRIBUNAL IS OF THE CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE ASSESSING OFFICER HAS EXCEEDED HIS JURISDICTION IN LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E WHILE PROCESSING THE STATEMENT AND MAKE ADJUSTMENT UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. THEREFORE THE IMPUGNED INTIMATION OF THE LOWER AUTHORITIES LEVYING FEE UNDER SECTION 234E OF THE ACT CANNOT BE SUSTAINED IN LAW. HOWEVER IT IS MADE CLEAR THAT IT IS MADE CLEAR THAT IT IS OPEN TO THE ASSESSING OFFICER TO PASS A SEPARATE ORDER UNDER SECTION 34E OF THE ACT LEVYING FEE PROVIDED THE LIMITATION FOR SUCH A LEVY HAS NOT EXPIRED. ACCORDINGLY THE INTIMATION UNDER SECTION 200A AS CONFIRMED BY THE CIT(APPEALS) IN SO FAR AS LEVY OF FEE UNDER SECTION 234E IS SET ASIDE AND FEE LEVIED IS DELETED. HOWEVER THE OTHER ADJUSTMENT MADE BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER IN THE IMPUGNED INTIMATION SHALL STAND AS SUCH. 12. IN THE RESULT ALL THE APPEALS FILED BY THE ASSESSEES ARE ALLOWED AS INDICATED ABOVE. 8. IN THE CASE IN HAND ALSO THE INTIMATION U/S. 200A HAS BEEN PROCESSED PRIOR TO 1.6.2015 WHEREIN FEE U/S. 234E WAS LEVIED. TAKING CONSISTENT VIEW IN THIS MATTER FOLLOWING THE SAID DECISION WE SET ASIDE THE DEMAND RAISED U/S. 234E OF THE ACT IN THE INTIMATION PROCESSED U/S. 200A OF THE ACT PRIOR TO 1.6:2015. 9. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL FILED BY THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED.' ITA NO. 6003/MUM/2018 A.Y. 2012-13 9 10. THE FACTS OF THE CASE ON HAND ARE IDENTICAL TO THE FACTS AS DISCUSSED ABOVE. THEREFORE RESPECTFULLY FOLLOWING THE SAME WE REVERSE THE ORDER OF THE AUTHORITIES BELOW AND ACCORDINGLY DIRECT THE AO TO DELETE THE LATE FILING FEES LEVIED UNDER SECTION 200A OF THE ACT. HENCE THE GROUND OF APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. 11. IN THE RESULT THE APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE COURT ON 15/11/2019 AT MUMBAI. SD/- SD/- (MAHAVIR SINGH) (WASEEM AHMED) JUDICIAL MEMBER ACCOUNTANT MEMBER MUMBAI; DATED: 15/11/2019 TANMAY SR. 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./ASSTT. REGISTRAR) / ITAT MUMBAI