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2016 (3) TMI 917 - ITAT AHMEDABAD

2016 (3) TMI 917 - ITAT AHMEDABAD - TMI - Levy of fees under section 234E - intimation issued under section 200A in respect of processing of TDS - Held that:- We 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 [2015 (6) TMI 437 - ITAT AMRITSAR] adjustment in respect of levy of fees under section 234E was indeed beyond the scope of permissible adjustments cont .....

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vying of late fees under section 234E of the Income Tax Act, 1961 to the tune of ₹ 11,570/- for late filing of statement for financial year 2013-14. 3. The ld.counsel for the assessee submitted that the demand of late fee cannot be raised by way of processing of TDS statement, because provision of section 200A of the Act does not cover default in payment of late fees, except any arithmetical error etc. and therefore, revenue authorities are not justified in imposing levy penalty of ₹ .....

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h Surat, Charitable Trust Vs. ITO, in ITA Nos.3274,3275 and 3276/Ahd/2015 dated 3.9.2015 and also in the case of Globe Ecologistics Ltd. Vs. DCIT, in ITA No.2689-2691/Ahd/2015 dated 26.11.2015, wherein in similar facts and circumstances, the Tribunal has deleted the penalty. Copies of these two orders of the Tribunal have been placed on record by the ld.counsel for the assessee. 4. On the other hand, the ld.DR, relied upon the orders of the Revenue authorities. 5. I have heard rival submissions .....

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AT, Ahmedabad Bench in number of cases, some of which are cited supra. The order of the ITAT, Ahmedabad Bench in the case of Lions Club of North Surat Charitable Trust (supra) dated 3.9.2015 on the similar issue has held as under: 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 B .....

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t in the case of Adithya Bizor P Solutions Vs Union of India [WP No. 6918-6938/2014(T-IT), Hon ble Rajasthan High Court in the case of Om 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 Cou .....

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for defaults in furnishing statements (1) Without prejudice to the provisions of the Act, where a person fails to deliver or cause to be 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 collect .....

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ted at source, as the case may be, on or after the 1st day of July, 2012. 6. We may also reproduce the Section 200A which was inserted by 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 ded .....

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tor shall be determined after adjustment of amount computed under clause (b) against any amount paid under section 200 and section 201, and 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 deducto .....

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on of tax at source, where such rate is not in accordance with the provisions of this Act; (2) For the purposes of processing of statements under subsection (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 amendmen .....

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t paid under section 200 or section 201 or section 234E and any amount paid otherwise by way of tax or interest or fee; (e) 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 (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 .....

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respect of levy of fees under section 234E. While examining the correctness of the intimation under section 200A, we have to be guided by 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 ma .....

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section 200A. This intimation is an appealable order under section 246A(a), and, therefore, the CIT(A) ought to have examined legality 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 negati .....

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014, such a levy could only have been made at best within 31st March 2015. That time has already elapsed and the defect is thus not curable even at this stage. 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. The assessee gets the relief accordingly. 5. When the above judicial prece .....

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