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2022 (3) TMI 834 - AT - Income Tax
Foreign Tax Credit (FTC) for default in filling Form 67 under Rule 128 - delay in compliance of a procedural provision - denial of claim as Assessee failed to furnish Form 67 on or before the due date of furnishing the return of income as prescribed u/s 139(1) of the Act which is mandatory according to Rule 128(9) - As submitted that when there is no condition prescribed in DTAA that the FTC can be disallowed for non-compliance of any procedural provision - HELD THAT:- There is no dispute that the Assessee is entitled to claim FTC. On perusal of provisions of Rule 128 (8) & (9), it is clear that, one of the requirements of Rule 128 for claiming FTC is that Form 67 is to be submitted by assessee before filing of the returns. In our view, this requirement cannot be treated as mandatory, rather it is directory in nature. This is because, Rule 128(9) does not provide for disallowance of FTC in case of delay in filing Form No.67. This view is fortified by the decision of coordinate bench of this Tribunal in case of Ms.Brinda Kumar Krishna [2022 (2) TMI 752 - ITAT BANGALORE]
It’s a trite law that DTAA overrides the provisions of the Act and the Rules, as held by various High Courts, which has also been approved by Hon’ble Supreme Court in case of Engineering Analysis Centre of Excellence (P.) Ltd. [2021 (3) TMI 138 - SUPREME COURT].
We accordingly, hold that FTC cannot be denied to the assessee. Assessee is directed to file the relevant details/evidences in support of its claim. We thus remand this issue back to the Ld.AO to consider the claim of assessee in accordance with law, based on the verification carried out in respect of the supporting documents filed by assessee. Appeal of assessee stands allowed for statistical purposes.