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2015 (9) TMI 1231 - ITAT AHMEDABAD

2015 (9) TMI 1231 - ITAT AHMEDABAD - TMI - Levy of fees under section 234E - late filing of TDS returns - proceedings u/s 200A - Held that:- All the appeals is now squarely covered in favour of the assessee by the decision of ITAT in the case of Sibia Healthcare Private Limited vs. DCIT [2015 (6) TMI 437 - ITAT AMRITSAR] . When the above judicial precedent was brought to the notice of the ld. Departmental Representative, he did not have much to say except to place his reliance on the orders of t .....

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dingly. - Decided in favour of assessee. - ITA Nos.3274, 3275 & 3276/Ahd/2014 - Dated:- 3-9-2015 - Pramod Kumar AM For The Appellant : None For The Respondent : B.L. Sharma 1. By way of these appeals, the assessee appellant has challenged correctness of the three separate orders, all dated 29th September, 2014, passed by the ld. CIT(A) upholding levy of fees, under section 234E of the Income Tax Act, 1961 ( the Act hereinafter), on the assessee and by way of intimation issued under section 200A .....

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cord and duly considered the facts of the case in the light of the applicable legal position. 4. I find that the issue in all these appeals is now squarely covered in favour of the assessee by the decision of ITAT Amritsar Bench in the case of Sibia Healthcare Private Limited vs. DCIT - ITA No.90/Asr/2015, vide order dated 9th June, 2015, wherein the Division Bench has inter alia observed as under :- 4. We have heard the rival contentions, perused the material on record and duly considered facts .....

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Prakash Dhoot Vs Union of India [WP No. 1981 of 2014] and of Hon ble Bombay High Court in the case of Rashmikant Kundalia Vs Union of India [WP No. 771 of 2014], granting stay on the demands raised in respect of fees under section 234E. The full text of these decisions were not produced before us. However, as admittedly there are no orders from the Hon ble Courts above retraining us from our adjudication on merits in respect of the issues in this appeal, and as, in our humble understanding, thi .....

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delivered a statement within the time prescribed in sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to subsection (3) of section 206C, he shall be liable to pay, by way of fee, a sum of two hundred rupees for every day during which the failure continues. (2) The amount of fee referred to in sub-section (1) shall not exceed the amount of tax deductible or collectible, as the case may be. (3) The amount of fee referred to in sub-section (1) shall be paid before delivering or causing to be delivered .....

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the Finance Act 2009 with effect from 1st April 2010. This statutory provision, as it stood at the relevant point of time, was as follows: 200A: Processing of statements of tax deducted at source (1) Where a statement of tax deduction at source, or a correction statement, has been made by a person deducting any sum (hereafter referred to in this section as deductor) under section 200, such statement shall be processed in the following manner, namely:- (a) the sums deductible under this Chapter .....

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nd any amount paid otherwise by way of tax or interest; (d) an intimation shall be prepared or generated and sent to the deductor specifying the sum determined to be payable by, or the amount of refund due to, him under clause (c); and (e) the amount of refund due to the deductor in pursuance of the determination under clause (c) shall be granted to the deductor: Provided that no intimation under this sub-section shall be sent after the expiry of one year from the end of the financial year in wh .....

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ts under sub-section (1), the Board may make a scheme for centralised processing of statements of tax deducted at source to expeditiously determine the tax payable by, or the refund due to, the deductor as required under the said subsection. 7. By way of Finance Act 2015, and with effect from 1st June 2015, there is an amendment in Section 200A and this amendment, as stated in the Finance Act 2015, is as follows: In section 200A of the Income-tax Act, in sub-section (1), for clauses (c) to (e), .....

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n shall be prepared or generated and sent to the deductor specifying the sum determined to be payable by, or the amount of refund due to, him under clause (d); and (f) the amount of refund due to the deductor in pursuance of the determination under clause (d) shall be granted to the deductor. 8. In effect thus, post 1st June 2015, in the course of processing of a TDS statement and issuance of intimation under section 200A in respect thereof, an adjustment could also be made in respect of the fee .....

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y the limited mandate of Section 200A, which, at the relevant point of time, permitted computation of amount recoverable from, or payable to, the tax deductor after making the following adjustments: (a). after making adjustment on account of arithmetical errors and incorrect claims apparent from any information in the statement - Section 200A(1)(a) (b). after making adjustment for interest, if any, computed on the basis of sums deductible as computed in the statement . - Section 200A(1)(b) 9. No .....

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of the adjustment made under this intimation in the light of the scope of the section 200A. Learned CIT(A) has not done so. He has justified the levy of fees on the basis of the provisions of Section 234E. That is not the issue here. The issue is whether such a levy could be effected in the course of intimation under section 200A. The answer is clearly in negative. No other provision enabling a demand in respect of this levy has been pointed out to us and it is thus an admitted position that in .....

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