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Varun Radiators Pvt. Ltd. Versus The Deputy Comm. of Income Tax, CPC TDS, Gaziabad

2016 (2) TMI 299 - ITAT AHMEDABAD

Levy of fee under section 234E in the order u/s 200A - Held that:- The adjustment in respect of levy of fees under section 234E was indeed beyond the scope of permissible adjustments contemplated under section 200A.

In view of these discussions, as also bearing in mind entirety of the case, the impugned levy of fees under section 234 E is unsustainable in law. We, therefore, uphold the grievance of the assessee and delete the impugned levy of fee under section 234E of the Act. - Decid .....

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amounting to ₹ 63,600/- under section 234E of the Income Tax Act. 3. The brief facts of the case are that assessee has committed a default with regard to late submission of Form No.24Q for quarter no. 4 for F.Y.2012-13. The return processing unit of the department has imposed a fee of ₹ 63,600/- u/s.234E of the Act on account of late filing of such form. The assessee challenged the levy of such fee before the ld. CIT(A). The ld. CIT(A) rejected the prayer of assessee on the ground th .....

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, wherein ITAT has observed that DCIT, CPC has no power u/s.200A of the Act to levy such fee while processing such returns of the assessee. According to the Tribunal, a perusal of Section 200A would indicate that adjustment in respect of levy of fee has not been provided and therefore, such fee cannot be levied. 5. On the other hand, ld. D.R. contended that this plea was raised before the ld. CIT(A) who has rejected this contention by observing that fee leviable u/s.234E of the Act is mandatory .....

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sed the material on record and duly considered facts of the case in the light of the applicable legal position. In addition to his argument on the merits, learned counsel has also invited our attention to the reports about the decisions of various Hon ble High Courts, including Hon ble Kerala High Court, in the case of Narath Mapila LP School Vs Union of India [WP (C) 31498/2013(J)], Hon ble Karanataka High Court in the case of Adithya Bizor P Solutions Vs Union of India [WP No. 6918-6938/2014(T .....

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his appeal, and as, in our humble understanding, this appeal requires adjudication on a very short legal issue, within a narrow compass of material facts, we are proceeding to dispose of this appeal on merits. 5. We may produce, for ready reference, section 234E of the Act, which was inserted by the Finance Act 2012 and was brought into effect from 1st July 2012. This statutory provision is as follows: 234E. Fee for defaults in furnishing statements (1) Without prejudice to the provisions of the .....

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e paid before delivering or causing to be delivered a statement in accordance with subsection (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C. (4) The provisions of this section shall apply to a statement referred to in subsection (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C which is to be delivered or caused to be delivered for tax deducted at source or tax collected at source, as the case may be, on or after the 1st day of July, 2012. 6. We may also .....

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ely:- (a) the sums deductible under this Chapter shall be computed after making the following adjustments, namely:- (i) any arithmetical error in the statement; or (ii) an incorrect claim, apparent from any information in the statement; (b) the interest, if any, shall be computed on the basis of the sums deductible as computed in the statement; (c) the sum payable by, or the amount of refund due to, the deductor shall be determined after adjustment of amount computed under clause (b) against any .....

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one year from the end of the financial year in which the statement is filed. Explanation : For the purposes of this sub-section, "an incorrect claim apparent from any information in the statement" shall mean a claim, on the basis of an entry, in the statement- (i) of an item, which is inconsistent with another entry of the same or some other item in such statement; (ii) in respect of rate of deduction of tax at source, where such rate is not in accordance with the provisions of this Ac .....

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Act, in sub-section (1), for clauses (c) to (e), the following clauses shall be substituted with effect from the 1st day of June, 2015, namely:- (c) the fee, if any, shall be computed in accordance with the provisions of section 234E; (d) the sum payable by, or the amount of refund due to, the deductor shall be determined after adjustment of the amount computed under clause (b) and clause (c) against any amount paid under section 200 or section 201 or section 234E and any amount paid otherwise b .....

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justment could also be made in respect of the fee, if any, shall be computed in accordance with the provisions of section 234E . There is no dispute that what is impugned in appeal before us is the intimation under section 200A of the Act, as stated in so many words in the impugned intimation itself, and, as the law stood, prior to 1st June 2015, there was no enabling provision therein for raising a demand in respect of levy of fees under section 234E. While examining the correctness of the inti .....

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ted in the statement . - Section 200A(1)(b) 9. No other adjustments in the amount refundable to, or recoverable from, the tax deductor, were permissible in accordance with the law as it existed at that point of time. 10. In view of the above discussions, in our considered view, the adjustment in respect of levy of fees under section 234E was indeed beyond the scope of permissible adjustments contemplated under section 200A. This intimation is an appealable order under section 246A(a), and, there .....

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