PRABHA ENGINEERING P.LTD, MUMBAI v. DCIT CIR 8(2), MUMBAI

ITA 6929/MUM/2014 | 2010-2011
Pronouncement Date: 19-10-2016 | Result: Allowed

Appeal Details

RSA Number 692919914 RSA 2014
Assessee PAN AAACP7472Q
Bench Mumbai
Appeal Number ITA 6929/MUM/2014
Duration Of Justice 1 year(s) 11 month(s) 6 day(s)
Appellant PRABHA ENGINEERING P.LTD, MUMBAI
Respondent DCIT CIR 8(2), MUMBAI
Appeal Type Income Tax Appeal
Pronouncement Date 19-10-2016
Appeal Filed By Assessee
Order Result Allowed
Bench Allotted C
Tribunal Order Date 19-10-2016
Date Of Final Hearing 11-08-2016
Next Hearing Date 11-08-2016
Assessment Year 2010-2011
Appeal Filed On 13-11-2014
Judgment Text
IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL MUMBAI BENCH C MUMBAI BEFORE SHRI AMIT SHUKLA JUDICIAL MEMBER AND SHRI RAJESH KUMAR ACCOUNTANT MEMBER ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/20 1 4 (ASSESSMENT YEAR: 20 1 0 - 11 ) PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD PLOT NO.38 MIDC CENTRAL ROAD ANDHERI (EAST) MUMBAI - 400 093 PAN: AAACP 7472 Q VS DCIT CIR.8 (2) AAYAKAR BHAVAN MUMBAI - 400 020 (APPELLANT) (RESPONDENT) APPELLANT BY SHRI BHUPENDRA SHAH RESPONDE NT BY SHRI R K SAHU /DATE OF HEARING : 1 9 - 10 - 201 6 / DATE OF PRONOUNCEMENT : 1 9 - 10 - 2016 ORDER PER AMIT SHUKLA J.M. : THE AFORESAID APPEAL HAS BEEN FILED BY THE ASSESSEE AGAINST IMPUGNED ORDER DATED 2 1. 08 .201 4 PASSED BY LD. CIT(APPEALS) - 1 7 MUMBAI IN RELATION TO PENALTY PROCEEDINGS UNDER SECTION 271B FOR THE AY 2010 - 11 . 2 PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/201 4 2. THE BRIEF FACTS OF THE CASE ARE THAT THE ASSESSEE HAS FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME FOR THE AY 2010 - 11 ON 30.03.2011 DECLARING NIL INCOME AFTER CLAIM ING BROUGHT FORWARD LOSSES OF RS. 7.96 CRORES . A S AGAINST THE SAID RETURN OF INCOME THE ASSESSMENT UNDER SECTION 143(3) WAS COMPLETED VIDE ORDER DATED 06.12.2012 ON BOOK PROFIT OF RS.57 92 128/ - . UNDER THE NORMAL PROVISION S THE INCOME WAS ASSESSED AT NIL . DURING THE COURSE OF THE ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS THE ASSESSING OFFICER NOTED THAT ASSESSEE HAS FILED T AX A UDIT R EPORT IN FORM 3CA AND 3CD WAS OBTAINED ON 28.03.2011 WAS FURNISHED TO THE ASSESSING OFFICER ON 30 .0 3 .201 1 . SINCE THE AUDIT REPORT WAS FILED B EYOND THE STIPULATED TIME ACCORDINGLY THE ASSESSING OFFICER INITIATED THE PENALTY PROCEEDINGS UNDER SECTION 271B. IN RESPONSE TO THE SHOW CAUSE NOTICE THE ASSESSEE GAVE THE FOLLOWING REASON S FOR NON - FILING OF A UDIT R EPORT IN TIME : - ASSESSEE HAS FILED RETURN OF INCOME FOR ASST. YEAR 2010 - 11 ON 30.03.2011 AFTER GIVING EFFECT TO THE ORDER OF BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION OF PRABHU EXPORTS PET. LTD. WITH THE ASSESSEE. THE AUDIT REPORT UNDER SECTION 44AB WAS SIGNED ON 28TH M ARCH 2011. THOUGH THE SAID AUDIT REPORT WAS KEPT IN SEPTEMBER 2010 BUT COULD NOT BE SIGNED BY AUDITORS IN VIEW OF DELAY IN COURT JUDGMENT. THE ORDER OF BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION OF PRABHU EXPORTS PET. LTD. WITH PRABHU ENGINEE RING PVT . LTD IS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE ON 25/01/2011. THE COPY OF THE ORDER FROM HIGH COURT WAS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE ON 25/01/2011. AS THE ORDER OF THE BOM BA Y HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE AMALGAMATION W.E.F. 01.04.2009 WAS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSE E V ERY LATE I.E. ON 25/01/2011 AFTER THE DUE D ATE PRESCRIBED IN INCOME TAX ACT. ACCORDINGLY THE AUDIT REPORT WAS OBTAINED AFTER THE SAID ORDER. THE AUDIT REPORT OF THE AMALGAMATED ACCOUNTS COULD NOT HAVE BE EN OBTAINED BEFORE THE ORDER OF THE HIGH COURT SANCT IONING THE AMALGAMATION. BECAUSE OF THIS IMPOSSIBILITY THE AUDIT REPORT OF THE AMALGAMATED COMPANY COULD NOT BE OBTAINED BEFORE THE DUE DATE. IT IS WELL SETTLED LAW AND IN MANY CASES BY SUPREME 3 PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/201 4 COURT HAS HELD THE LAW DOES NOT CONTEMPLATE OR REQUIRE THE PERFORMANCE OF AN IMPOSSIBLE ACT LEX NON COGIT AD IMPOSSIBILLIA. ACCORDINGLY AUDIT REPORT OF AMALGAMATED COMPANY COULD NOT BE OBTAINED BEFORE THE DUE DATE. WE HAVE ALSO TO POINT OUT THAT THE ASSESSEE COMPANY WAS NEVER LATE IN SUBMITTING AUDIT REPORT AND FILING OF RETURN OF INCOME IN THE PAST . HOWEVER THE ASSESSING OFFICER REJECTED THE ASSESSEES CONTENTION. HE OBSERVED THAT IN THE CASE OF PRABHA EXPORT PVT . LTD WHICH STOOD AMALGAMATED WITH THE ASSESSEE AS PER THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION HAD FILED ITS RETURN OF INCOME ON 15.10.2010 AND HAD ALSO OBTAINED THE AUDIT REPORT BY THAT TIME WHEREAS IN THE CASE OF THE ASSESSEE RETURN HAS BEEN FILED ON 30.03.2011 AND AUDIT REPORT HAS BEEN OBTAINED ON 28 TH MARCH 2011 THEREFORE THIS CANNOT BE TREATED AS REASONA BLE EXPLANATION . THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT SPECIFIED THE HOW THE ORDER OF BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION HAS C AUSED DELAY IN OBTAINING THE AUDIT REPORT. FURTHER THE TOTAL TURNOVER DISCLOSED BY THE ASSESSEE HAS NOT BEEN AFFECTED A S A RE SULT SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION. ACCORDINGLY HE LEVIED THE PENALTY OF RS. 1 LAKH. THE LD. CIT(A) TOO AFTER DETAILED DISCUSSION HAS EN DORSED THE VIEW TAKEN BY THE ASSESSING OFFICER AND FURTHER OBSERVED AS UNDER: - I AM NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH THE OBSERVATION OF THE LD. AR OF THE APPELLANT SATING THAT APPELLANT WAS NOT REQUIRED TO FURNISH ANY AUDIT REPORT WITH THE RETURN OF INCOME FILED ELECTRONICALLY. FURTHER THERE IS NO MERIT IN THE ARGUMENT OF THE APPELLANT THAT IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN THE AUDITED ACCOU NTS TAX AUDIT REPORT AS THE ORDER OF THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE AMALGAMATION WAS NOT RECEIVED. AS THE ORDER ITSELF WAS RECEIVED LATE AFTER 30.09.2010 APPELLANT HAS OBTAINED THE TAX AUDIT REPORT OF 4 PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/201 4 AMALGAMATED ACCOUNTS AFTER 25.01.2011 THE DAT E OF RECEIPT OF ORDER OF THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE AMALGAMATION SCHEME. THIS IS QUITE AMAZING AS HOW COME THE APPELLANT KNOW THAT THE ORDER IS LIKELY TO BE RECEIVED SO SOON SO AS TO POSTPONE THE AUDIT FOR THE YEAR UNDER CONSIDERATION AND IF NOT RECEIVED WILL IT WAIT TILL NEXT YE A R MORE TO GET HIS ACCOUNT AUDIT. IF THE APPELLANT COULD NOT HAVE FILED THE FINAL ACCOUNTS OF THE AMALGAMATED COMPANY BEFORE THE ORDER OF THE HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE AMALGAMATION BUT WHAT PREVENTED IT TO FILE THE AUDIT REPORT OF THE COMPANY BEFORE THE AMALGAMATION. 1 THE CASE OF APL (INDIA) PRIVATE LIMITED (SUPRA) RELIED UPON BY THE APPELLANT WHEREIN O NE OF THE REASONS FOR DELAY IN SUBMITTING THE AUDIT REPORT WAS THAT THE PERSONNEL FROM THE STATUTORY AUDITOR'S OFFICE WE RE NOT CONVERSANT WITH THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS AND RECORDS MAINTAINED BY THE ASSESSEE COMPANY WHICH RESULTED INTO DELAY FOR FINALIZATION OF TIE AUDITED ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR. THE HON'BLE MUMBAI TRIBUNAL HELD THAT WITHOUT COMPLETING STATUTORY AUDIT THE ASSE SSEE COULD NOT HAVE OBTAINED TAX AUDIT REPORT WHICH CONSTITUTES REASONABLE CAUSE. THIS PLEA WAS RAISED BY THE ASSESSEE EVEN BEFORE THE AO AND AO HAS NOT DOUBTED SUCH CONTENTION OF THE ASSESSEE. THE HONBLE PUNJAB & HARYANA HIGH COURT IN THE CASE OF CIT VS . PUNJAB STATE LEATHER DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD. (171 CTR 451) HAS HELD THAT DELAY IN COMPLETION OF STATUTORY AUDIT WAS REASONABLE CAUSE FOR NON - COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 44AB AND IT WAS HELD THAT THE TRIBUNAL WAS RIGHT IN CANCELLING PENALTY LEVIED UNDER SECTION 271B. I FIND THAT THE APPELLANT CASE IS DISTINGUISHABLE ON FACTS AND THE APPELLANT WAS NOT PREVENTED BY SUFFICIENT CAUSE TO FILE THE AUDIT REPORT. THUS THE PENALTY UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES IS EXIGIBLE IN THE APPELLANT CASE AND THE SAME IS BEING UPHE LD. THIS GROUND OF APPEAL IS THUS DISMISSED. 5 PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/201 4 3. AFTER HEARING BOTH THE PARTIES AND ON PERUSAL OF THE IMPUGNED ORDERS WE FIND THAT THE MAIN REASON FOR OBTAINING THE AUDIT REPORT ON 28 TH MARCH 2011 AND FILING IT ALONG WITH THE RETURN OF INCOME ON 31.03.20 11 WAS THAT THE ORDER OF THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT SANCTIONING THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION OF PRABHA EXPORT PVT. LTD WITH THE ASSESSEE WAS RECEIVED BY THE ASSESSEE ONLY ON 25.01.2011. THE SAID AMALGAMATION WAS EFFECTIVE FROM 1 ST APRIL 2009. THE ASSESSEE HAD T O TAKE COGNIZANCE OF SUCH AMALGAMATION ASSETS AND LIABILITIES ETC. IT MAY NOT BE NECESSARY THAT THERE WOULD BE IMPACT ON TURNOVER AS HELD BY AO BUT BEFORE FINALIZING THE ACCOUNTS THE AUDITORS HAVE TO INCORPORATE ALL THE FINANCIAL ASPECTS OF THE MERGER AN D ITS IMPACT IN THE BALANCE SHEET AND ACCOUNTS AND THAT IS WHY THERE WAS DELAY IN FILING OF RETURN OF INCOME ALSO . IT IS BECAUSE OF THIS IMPOSSIB ILITY THE AUDIT REPORT OF THE AMALGAMATED COMPANY COULD NOT BE OBTAINED BEFORE THE DUE DATE. OTHERWISE IT IS A N ADMITTED FACT THAT THE AUDIT REPORT WAS THERE BEFORE THE ASSESSING OFFICER DURING THE COURSE OF ASSESSMENT PROCEEDINGS. IN S UCH A EVENT AND CIRCUMSTANCES ASSESSEES DO FALL WITHIN THE DOMAIN OF REASONABLE CAUSE AS ENVISAGED UNDER SECTION 273B WHICH PROVIDES THAT NO PENALTY SHALL BE IMPOSABLE FOR ANY FAILURE IF THE PERSON PROVES THAT THERE WAS A REASONABLE CAUSE FOR THE SAID FAILURE. THE BOMBAY HIGH COURT ORDER SANCTIONING THE SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION WOULD DEFINITELY HA VE HAD AN IMPACT ON THE ANNUAL ACCOUNTS OF T HE ASSESSEE AND WITHOUT TAKING COGNIZANCE OF SUCH A SCHEME OF AMALGAMATION THE ASSESSEE COULD NOT HAVE FINALIZED ITS A CCOUNT AND CERTIFI ED BY THE AUDITORS. THUS W E HOLD THAT THERE WAS A REASONABLE CAUSE IN OBTAINING AND FILING THE AUDIT RE PORT BELATEDLY. ACCORDINGLY 6 PRABHA ENGINEERS P LTD ITA NO. : 6929 /MUM/201 4 WE DELETE THE PENALTY OF RS.1 LAKH ON THE GROUND OF REASONABLE CAUSE WITHIN THE SCOPE OF SECTION 273B. 4. IN THE RESULT APPEAL OF THE ASSESSEE IS ALLOWED. ORDER PRONOUNCED IN THE OPEN COURT ON 19 TH OCTOBER 2016. SD/ - SD/ - ( ) ( ) ( RAJESH KUMAR ) ( AMIT SHUKLA ) ACCOUNTANT MEMBER JUDICIAL MEMBER MUMBAI DATE: 19 TH OCTOBER 2016 . / COPY TO: - 1 ) / THE APPELLANT. 2 ) / THE RESPONDENT. 3 ) THE CI T ( APPEAL ) 1 7 MUMBAI. 4 ) THE CIT - 8 MUMBAI 5 ) / THE D.R. C BENCH MUMBAI. 6 ) \ COPY TO GUARD FILE. / BY ORDER / / TRUE COPY / / / DY. / ASSTT. REGISTRAR I.T.A.T. MUMBAI * . . *CHAVAN SR.PS