2023 (1) TMI 414 - AT - Income Tax
Exemption u/s 11 - Denial of exemption as assessee was not having registration u/s 12AA for the year under consideration - AO held that the assessee was granted registration u/s 12AA on 25/10/2018 effective from 24/04/2018 i.e. A.Y. 2019-20, hence, the assessee is not eligible for deduction u/s 11 and 12 for the year under consideration - HELD THAT:- Assessee while making submission vehemently relied upon the decision of Navsari Malesar Behdin Anjuman, Agiary Street, Malesar, Navsar 2020 (4) TMI 576 - ITAT SURAT wherein the Coordinate Bench of Tribunal while relying upon the decision of Punjab Educational Society 2017 (12) TMI 989 - ITAT AMRITSAR held that benefit of first proviso to Section 12A(2) of the Act would be applicable to the facts of the said case. Benefit of Section 11 is to be given if the registration is obtained even during the pendency of appeal before the ld. CIT(A).
Again coming to the fact of the case,we find that the assessment in the present case was completed on 23/02/2021, before that date, the registration was granted vide order dated 25/10/2018.
As in SNDP Yogum case 2016 (3) TMI 1110 - ITAT COCHIN held that proviso to section 12A(2) inserted from .01.10.2014 has retrospective effect thus, and there should be no denial of relief under section 11 to a trust if it had obtained registration during the pendency of appeal. Similar view was also taken in Shree Bahnushali Mitra Mandal Trust 2016 (4) TMI 578 - ITAT AHMEDABAD Thus, respectfully following the decisions of coordinate benches, find that the assessee is also eligible for first proviso to Section 12A(2) of the Act. Grounds of appeal raised by the assessee is allowed.