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2022 (1) TMI 1321 - AT - Income Tax
Exemption u/s 11 - requirement of filing of audit report and income tax return by the trust or institutions registered u/s 12A - CPC while processing u/s 143(1)(a) denied the said exemption on account of two reasons; firstly the return of income was not filed before due date as prescribed u/s 139(4) of the Act and secondly audit report on Form 10B not uploaded before due date prescribed under the Act - HELD THAT:- As per Circular issued by CBDT on 23.04.2019 giving clarification with regard to time allowed for filing of return of income subsequent to insertion of clause (ba) in sub-section 1 of section 12A CBDT has issued and while dealing with this issue, the returns filed within the time allowed u/s 139 of the Act have been directed to be accepted for the purpose of considering benefit of deduction u/s 11 of the Act. Now, since only section 139 of the Act has been mentioned and does not specify whether it is about u/s 139(1) of the Act or section 139(5) of the Act, the view beneficial to the assessee needs to be accepted and, since section 139(1) and section 139(5) are part of section 139 only and in this section 139 and sub-section (5) provides the mechanism to file a belated return, therefore, for A.Y 2018-19, even if the assessee files the return before the last date of filing of belated return the same should be treated as due compliance to section 12A(1)(ba) of the Act.
For the year under appeal, the belated return could have been filed before 31.03.2019, and since the assessee has filed the return on 15.11.2018, therefore, considering the directions of CBDT Circular dated 23.04.2019, which are binding on the Revenue authorities, we are of the view that the assessee has fulfilled the conditions provided under sub-clause (ba) of section 12A(1) of the Act and has filed the return of income within the time allowed.
Filing the belated audit report on form 10B - As in the given facts and circumstances and respectfully following the judgment of Sarvodaya Charitable Trust [2021 (1) TMI 214 - GUJARAT HIGH COURT] we are of the considered view that since the case of assessee is for A.Y 2018-19 and CBDT came up with a circular dated 23.04.2019 specially for A.Y 2018-19 providing that return of income to be filed within the time allowed u/s 139 of the Act, the assessee has complied with the conditions provided in sub-clause (b) and (ba) to section 12 and there is no dispute at the end of the revenue authorities that the assessee is carrying on charitable activities, for which it has been granted registration u/s 12A of the Act, the benefit of section 11 and 12 should be given to the assessee and deductions claimed by the assessee are, therefore, allowed. Thus, Ground Nos.1 to 4 of the assessee are allowed.