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2022 (9) TMI 968 - Income Tax
Delayed Employees’ contribution to the employees’ provident fund and the employees’ state insurance fund - Delay deposit (by the assessee-employer) as beyond the due dates - returned income having been made by the AO u/ss. 143(1) and 154 - HELD THAT:- Sec. 43B(b) does not include the employee contribution, and even regarding so is to no avail, rendering the Explanations under reference, even as suggested by their express language, explanatory. An examination of the Notes on Clauses to, and the Memorandum explaining the Provisions of, Finance Bill, 2021, however, resolves the matter beyond the pale of any doubt. While confirming the Explanations under reference to be explanatory of the law, even as signified by the clear, unambiguous language employed therein, are yet stated to be prospective inasmuch as they are applicable assessment year 2021-22 onwards.
Lastly, no decision by Hon'ble jurisdictional High Court in the matter has been either cited before me, or found, which, where so, would, irrespective of the view expressed therein, hold for the relevant years, being prior to the year of applicability of the Explanations under reference. No adjustment, in view of the conflicting judicial opinion could, accordingly, be made to the returned income u/s. 143(1)/154, which sections admit only issues on which there could be conceivably no two views, rampant, irrespective of merits thereof, in the instant case, which aspect, as explained therein, has been given cognizance to in making the provision applicable not retrospectively. The assessee, accordingly, succeeds in his challenge to the impugned adjustments, which are held as bad in law and directed for deletion. This is of course subject to any different view taken by the Hon’ble jurisdictional High Court for any year prior to AY 2021-22. Assessee appeal allowed.