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M/s Samikaran Learning Private Limited Versus TDS Officer, Delhi

2017 (11) TMI 671 - ITAT DELHI

Levy of late filing fee u/s 234E against the order passed u/s 200A - scope of amendment to section 200A(1) - Held that:- Following the referred decision in the case of Gajanan Constructions and others [2016 (11) TMI 1247 - ITAT PUNE] we hold that the amendment to section 200A(1) is prospective in nature and therefore the AO, while processing the TDS statements/returns in the present appeal for the period prior to 01.06.2015, was not empowered to charge fees under section 234E of the Act. - T .....

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- Shri N.K. Saini, Accountant Member And Shri Joginder Singh, Judicial Member For The Revenue : Shri S.S. Rana CIT-DR For The Assessee : Shri Pratap Gupta ORDER Per Bench This bunch of five appeals is by the assessee against the impugned orders all dated 29/04/2016 of the Ld. First Appellate Authority, New Delhi, challenging the confirmation of levy of late filing fee of ₹ 1600/-, ₹ 6800/- and ₹ 6800/- (AY 2014-15), ₹ 14,400/- & ₹ 14,400/- (A.Y. 2015-16), respec .....

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vested prior to substitution of clause (c) to section 200A of the Act by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01/06/2015 and enabling provision in section 200A for raising demand in respect of levy of fee u/s 234E of the Act. On the other hand, Shri S. S.Rana, ld. CIT-DR, contended that the Ld. First Appellate Authority has relied upon the decision in the case of Rashmikant Kundalia vs UOI (2015) 54 taxman.com 200 (Bom.), Laxminirman Bangalore Pvt. Ltd. vs DCIT (2015) 60 taxman.com 144 (Karnataka) and .....

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ns rendered by Hon ble High Courts and thereafter reached to particular conclusion. This factual matrix was not controverted by the Revenue. 2.1. We have considered the rival submissions and perused the material available on record. Before adverting further, we are reproducing hereunder section 200A of the Act for ready reference:- 200A. (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 .....

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he 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 undersection 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 ( .....

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ich 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 Act. (2) For the purposes of processing of statements 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 sub-sectio .....

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f 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 a statement in accordance with sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to subsection (3) of section 206C. (4) The provisions of this section shall apply to a statement referred to in sub-section (3) of section 200 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 206C .....

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ions (supra), relied upon by the assessee, therefore, we are reproducing hereunder the relevant portion from the aforesaid order for ready reference and analysis:- This bunch of appeals filed by different assessee are directed against respective orders of CIT(A) relating to different assessment years against respective intimation issued under section 200A(3) of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (in short 'the Act'). 2. Bunch of present appeals relating to different assessee were heard together on .....

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nst intimation issued under section 200A of the Act and / or order passed under section 154 of the Act in charging fees payable under section 234E of the Act. We therefore take up ITA No.1292/PN/2015 as the lead case. The issue raised in the set of appeals is charging of fees payable under section 234E of the Act prior to amendment to section 200A(1)(c) of the Act vide Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015, while processing the TDS returns. The assessee has also pointed that the Legislature had in .....

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see was required to deduct tax at source out of payments made on account of salary, interest, etc. for the respective quarters in the accounting period. The Act required the assessee to file quarterly TDS returns intimating the tax deducted at source from various payments made in each of the quarter. The said TDS returns are mandated to be filed within stipulated period. Admittedly, in the present set of appeals, TDS returns were filed belatedly. The Assessing Officer while processing the TDS re .....

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Rashmikant Kundalia v. Union of India [2015] 54 taxmann.com 200/229 Taxman 596/373 ITR 268. Further, even on merits, the contention of assessee that the Assessing Officer was not empowered to raise the demand under section 234E of the Act by passing order under section 200A of the Act was held to be not legally tenable. 7. The assessee is in appeal against the orders of authorities below. 8. Shri Sanket Joshi, learned Counsel pointed out that the issue which arises in the present appeal is two- .....

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ax deducted at source. He further pointed out that the Act requires quarterly statement to be filed within 15 days of close of the quarter. Thereafter, the learned Authorized Representative for the assessee pointed out that clause (c) to section 200A(1) of the Act was inserted w.e.f. 01.06.2015, under which levy of fees was provided for late filing the quarterly statements of TDS. He further stated that earlier to that, there was no provision of levy of fees. Similarly, amendments were made in s .....

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ntative for the assessee pointed out that the order of Assessing Officer was not passed under section 234E of the Act but was passed under section 200A of the Act. The CIT(A) had relied on the ratio laid down by the Hon'ble Bombay High Court in Rashmikant Kundalia's case (supra), which settled the constitutional validity of section 234E of the Act. The arguments before the Hon'ble Bombay High Court were that there was no right to insert the said section. However, no arguments were ad .....

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provide the machinery for charging the said fees under section 234E of the Act, which was provided w.e.f. 01.06.2015. He further stressed that where the assessee had denied his liability to be assessed, then the right to appeal is provided under section 246A(1)(a) of the Act and where the assessee says that he denies his liability, then the same has to be interpreted liberally. Referring to the decision of Hon'ble Bombay High Court in Rashmikant Kundalia's case (supra), relied upon by t .....

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arging of fees under section 234E of the Act and raising of demand under section 200A of the Act has been adjudicated by series of cases by different Tribunals and copies of same were filed. 9. Further, it was pointed out that the CIT(A) has wrongly applied the ratio laid down by the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka in Lakshmi Nirman, Bangalore (P.) Ltd. v. Dy. CIT [2015] 60 taxmann.com 144/234 Taxman 275. He stated that it was not the case of assessee that fees was illegal but since there wa .....

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ere the cost of acquisition of the assets were Nil, then no capital gains has to be computed in the hands of assessee since there was no mechanism to charge capital gains. He further stressed that the Hon'ble Rajasthan High Court in Dundlod Shikshan Sansthan v. Union of India [2015] 235 Taxman 446/63 taxmann.com 243, judgment dated 28.07.2015 had adjudicated the issue relating to whether the fees charged is legal or illegal and had not touched upon the mechanism to levy the fees. In this reg .....

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tion 234E of the Act was inserted later and where section 200A of the Act does not provide for levy of fees by the Assessing Officer till before the amendment w.e.f. 01.06.2015, there was no merit in charging the said levy. He further pointed out that after the amendment w.e.f. 01.06.2015, the Assessing Officer had power to make adjustments in intimation passed under section 200A of the Act itself. 10. The ld. Counsel for the assessee further pointed out that insertion made w.e.f. 01.06.2015 was .....

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es could be charged under section 234E of the Act. He further pointed out that in CIT v. Vatika Township (P.) Ltd. [2014] 367 ITR 466/227 Taxman 121/49 taxmann.com 249 (SC), the Hon'ble Supreme Court held that any amendment can be considered retrospective in order to remove the hardship of assessee but not of the Department. The ld. Counsel for the assessee referred to the amendment brought in by the Finance Act and further placed reliance on the ratio laid down by Chennai Bench of Tribunal .....

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salary, interest or commission, etc. has certain obligations and they have been made responsible, wherein the payments are made or credited to the account of payee, then the duty of the deductor is to deduct tax. Sections 192 to 194LD, 195 to 196D of the Act were various provisions for deducting tax at source. Section 199 of the Act provides credit of tax deducted at source and section 200 of the Act lays down the duties of person responsible to deduct the tax. He further stressed that it was m .....

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deducted on account of third party, who claims it as part of his tax payment. The obligation on the deductor was to collect the said tax deducted at source and deposit the same and the deductee had all the rights to claim the benefit of such tax deducted by the deductor. Earlier, under the Act, the onus was upon the deductor to issue certificate for claiming TDS payments. However, since there were various frauds, because of certificate issued by the deductors, the provisions of sub-section 200( .....

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levy of fees under section 234E of the Act, there was provision of levy of penalty under section 272A(2)(k) of the Act. This amendment was w.e.f. 01.04.2005, hence where the statement was not filed by the deductor, penal provisions were attracted and the same was with respect to quarterly returns to be filed. The learned DR further pointed out that the provisions of section 200(3) of the Act and penalty under section 272A(2)(k) of the Act were simultaneously introduced. He further referred to t .....

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s were mandatory i.e. the liability was on the deductor to furnish the statement and in case of any default in furnishing statement, fees was provided under the said section. He further referred to the second proviso, which was inserted w.e.f. 01.07.2012, wherein it is provided that under clause (k) to section 272A(1) of the Act, no penalty is to be levied. He stressed that after such an amendment, the provisions of section 234E of the Act were compulsorily applicable. The learned DR further poi .....

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provisions of section 234E of the Act was charging section wherein the liability was upon the assessee that he shall pay and when the same is to be paid is also specified therein. The Legislature in this regard was clear that defaulter itself would make the compliance. Hence, the question is if as per section 234E(1) of the Act, the assessee is liable to pay late fees and as per sub-section (3), late fees has to be paid before filing the statement and where the provisions of both sub-section (1 .....

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l validity but also considered the purpose for which the said section was introduced. Referring to section 200A(1)(c) of the Act, he stated that though the word used is fees, if any, but that means where there is an error or where no fees has been paid, then although the amendment was w.e.f. 01.06.2015, but the amendment was procedural in nature. He stressed that once charging section is there, where the assessee has been asked to pay the fees, then only thing is that the provisions of section 2 .....

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s of section 234E of the Act were already there and amendment is only clarificatory. Section 234E of the Act was charging section w.e.f. 01.04.2012 and in case of violation of provisions of the Act, fees was to be levied. Referring to the reliance placed upon by the learned Authorized Representative for the assessee on Vatika Township (P.) Ltd's. case (supra), he pointed out that the issue before the Hon'ble Supreme Court was charging of surcharge which was new levy and it was held to be .....

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on'ble Supreme Court in Govinddas v. ITO [1976] 103 ITR 123. 14. The learned Authorized Representative for the assessee in rejoinder pointed out that Memo explaining the Finance Bill clearly says that the amendment was w.e.f. 01.06.2015 and it was proposed to amend the provisions of section 200A of the Act. He further stated that under the provisions of section 45 of the Act, where the cost of acquisition was Nil, no capital gains was leviable but after the amendment, it is so provided that .....

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o the relevant provisions of the Act. Under Chapter XVII headed 'collection and recovery of taxes' and under 'clause B', deduction at source, the statute lays down the duty of the payer of certain amounts to deduct tax at source under sections 192 to 194LD, 195 to 196D of the Act. Under section 198 of the Act, it is provided that the tax deducted at source shall for the purpose of computing the income of assessee be deemed to be income received. Under section 199 of the Act, it i .....

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son deducting tax, which reads as under:- 200. (1) Any person deducting any sum in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Chapter shall pay within the prescribed time, the sum so deducted to the credit of the Central Government or as the Board directs. (2) Any person being an employer, referred to in sub-section (1A) of section 192 shall pay, within the prescribed time, the tax to the credit of the Central Government or as the Board directs. (2A) In case of an office of the Government, .....

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d to the prescribed income-tax authority, or to the person authorised by such authority, a statement in such form, verified in such manner, setting forth such particulars and within such time as may be prescribed. (3) Any person deducting any sum on or after the 1st day of April, 2005 in accordance with the foregoing provisions of this Chapter or, as the case may be, any person being an employer referred to in sub-section (1A) of section 192 shall, after paying the tax deducted to the credit of .....

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, delete or update the information furnished in the statement delivered under this subsection in such form and verified in such manner as may be specified by the authority. 17. Under section 200(1) of the Act, it is provided that any person deducting any sum in accordance with the provisions of the Chapter shall pay within the prescribed time, the sum so deducted to the credit of the Central Government or as the Board directs. Under section 200(2) of the Act, any person being an employer, as ref .....

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ome tax authorities, or to the person authorized by such authority, statement in such form, verified in such manner, setting forth such particulars within such time as may be prescribed. Under section 200(3) of the Act, similar responsibility is on any person deducting any sum on or after first day of April, 2005 in accordance with foregoing provisions of the Chapter, including any person as an employer referred to in section 192(1A) of the Act. The onus is upon such person that he shall after p .....

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is making deduction out of the payments made to the employees, then sub-section (3) requires that the deductor is to prepare a statement for such period as may be prescribed, which is to be delivered to the prescribed authority, in such form and verified and setting forth such particulars as may be prescribed. The said statement is to be delivered within such time as may be prescribed. 18. Rule 31A of the Income Tax Rules, 1962 (in short 'the Rules') provides that every person who is re .....

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statement in respect of deductor being an office of the Government and the deductor being other than Government, are provided. The sub-rule (3) of Rule 31A of the Rules further provides that the statement referred to in subrule (1) may be furnished in any of the following manners i.e. by way of furnishing the statement in paper form or furnishing the statement electronically under digital signature or after verification. Initially, such statement had to be furnished in paper form and later by wa .....

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g 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 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 su .....

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nation 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 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 st .....

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ax deducted at source are to be processed for issuing the intimation. First of all, the sums deductible under the Chapter are to be computed and interest, if any, shall be computed on the basis of such sums deductible as computed in the statements as per clause (a) and (b) under section 200A(1) of the Act. Clauses (c) to (f) reproduced above were substituted for clauses (c) to (e) by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015. Prior to the substitution, clauses (c) to (e) read as under:- (c) the su .....

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nation under clause (c) shall be granted to the deductor. 20. As per newly substituted clause (c) w.e.f. 01.06.2015, the fees, if any, is to be computed in accordance with the provisions of section 234E of the Act. However, under the earlier clause (c), there was no such provision. 21. Section 234E(1) of the Act provides that where a person fails to deliver or cause to be delivered, a statement within time prescribed in section 200(3) of the Act or the proviso to section 206C(3) of the Act, he s .....

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ng to be delivered a statement in accordance with sub-section 200(3) of the Act or the proviso to section 206C(3) of the Act. The provisions of said section have been made applicable to a statement to be delivered or cause to be delivered on or after the first day of July, 2012. 22. Reading the abovesaid provisions of the Act, it transpires that where tax has been deducted at source by a deductor out of the account of deductee, then the onus is upon the deductor under section 200 of the Act to p .....

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Such fees is to be paid before delivering or causing to be delivered a statement in accordance with section 200(3) of the Act or proviso to section 206C(3) of the Act. In other words, in case the assessee has defaulted in not delivering the statement or causing to deliver the statement within time prescribed, then he is liable to pay the fees which is so prescribed under the Act and such fees shall not exceed the amount of tax deductible or collectable at source but the same has to be paid alon .....

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reject incorrect claim made by the deductor which is apparent from the information in the statement filed by the deductor. Further, the Income-tax authority is authorized to charge interest, if any, and the same shall be computed on the basis of sums deductible in addition to the amount of tax deducted at source, which is to be paid to the account of Treasury by the deductor. In case of any default, interest is to be charged against such deductor and the same is to be computed as per provisions .....

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shing the statement were inserted by the Finance Act, 2012 w.e.f. 01.07.2012, the prescribed authority did not have the power to charge the said fees, while processing the quarterly statements/returns under section 200A of the Act. 23. Now, looking at various provisions of the Act, the issue needs to be adjudicated in the case of assessee, wherein admittedly, TDS returns which were deemed to be filed by the assessee were filed after delay and the question was whether the Assessing Officer which .....

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es under section 234E of the Act. The case of Revenue on the other hand, was that it was the duty of deductor while furnishing the statement under section 200(3) of the Act to deposit the fees referred to in section 234E(1) of the Act. The learned DR stressed that fees referred to in sub-section (1) had to be paid while delivering or causing to deliver the statement in accordance with provisions of section 200(3) of the Act or the proviso to section 206C(3) of the Act. However, various regulatio .....

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any default occurs due to the non-payment of fees by the assessee in this regard, then the provisions which has to be considered is section 200A(1)(c) of the Act. The power to charge/collect fees as per provisions of section 234E of the Act was vested with the prescribed authority under the Act only on substitution of earlier clause (c) to section 200A of the Act by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015. Once any provision of the Act has been made applicable from a respective date, then the re .....

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cannot be applied retrospectively. The said exercise of power has been provided by the statute to be from 01.06.2015 and hence, is to be applied prospectively. There is no merit in the claim of Revenue that even without insertion of clause (c) under section 200A(1) of the Act, it was incumbent upon the assessee to pay fees, in case there is default in furnishing the statement of tax deducted at source. Admittedly, the onus was upon the assessee to prepare statements and deliver the same within p .....

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ssessee, the prescribed authority should have necessary power vested in it and before vesting of such power, no order can be passed by the prescribed authority in charging of such fees under section 234E of the Act, while exercising jurisdiction under section 200A of the Act. Thus, in the absence of enabling provisions, under which the prescribed authority is empowered to charge the fees, the Assessing Officer while processing the returns filed by the deductor in respect of tax deducted at sourc .....

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had held that the adjustment in respect of levy of fees under section 234E of the Act was indeed beyond the scope of permissible adjustments contemplated under section 200A of the Act. Such a levy could not be effected in the course of intimation under section 200A of the Act and in the absence of any other provisions enabling the demand in respect of this levy having been pointed out, no such levy could be effected. The said proposition has been applied in various decisions of different Benche .....

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Dy. CIT in ITA Nos.731 to 735/CHD/2015, relating to assessment years 2013-14 & 2014-15, order dated 29.10.2015. 26. While deciding the present bunch of appeals, the Revenue had placed reliance on the ratio laid down by the Hon'ble Bombay High Court in Rashmikant Kundalia' case (supra) wherein, the constitutional validity of section 234E of the Act was challenged. The Hon'ble High Court noted the fact that where the deductor was required to furnish periodical quarterly statements .....

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deductee, until information of such deductions is furnished by the deductor within the prescribed time. Since the substantial number of deductors were not filing their TDS returns/statements within prescribed time frame, then it lead to an additional work burden upon the Department due to the fault of the deductor and in this light and to compensate for additional work burden forced upon the Department, fees was sought to be levied under section 234E of the Act. The Hon'ble High Court held t .....

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tion 234E of the Act was not in the guise of tax sought to be levied on the deductor. The provisions of section 234E of the Act were held to be not onerous on the ground that section does not empower the Assessing Officer to condone the delay in late filing the income tax returns or that no appeal is provided from arbitrary order passed under section 234E of the Act. The Hon'ble High Court held that the right to appeal was not a matter of right but was creature of statute and if the Legislat .....

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onstitutional validity of provisions of section 234E of the Act has also been upheld by the Hon'ble Rajasthan High Court in Dundlod Shikshan Sansthan' case (supra). 27. In view of the abovesaid ratio laid down by the Hon'ble Bombay High Court, the case of the learned DR before us was that there is no merit in the present set of appeals filed by the assessee as the Hon'ble High court has laid down that no appeal is provided from an order passed under section 234E of the Act and th .....

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e Memorandum to the Finance Bill, 2015 while introducing the said clause (c) to section 200A(1) of the Act. The Finance Bill took note of the provisions of Chapter XVIIB, under which the person deducting tax i.e. deductor was required to file quarterly tax deduction at source statement containing the details of deduction of tax made during the quarter by the prescribed due dates. Similar responsibility is on a person required to collect tax of certain specified receipts under section 206C of the .....

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the Act was inserted after the insertion of section 200A in the Act, the existing provisions of section 200A of the Act does not provide for determination of fees payable under section 234E of the Act at the time of processing of TDS statements. It was thus, proposed to amend the provisions of section 200A of the Act so as to enable the computation of fees payable under section 234E of the Act at the time of processing of TDS statements under section 200A of the Act. The Memo explaining the Fina .....

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fundable. This intimation generated after processing of TDS statement is (i) subject to rectification under section 154 of the Act; (ii) appealable under section 246A of the Act; and (iii) deemed as notice of payment under section 156 of the Act. The Finance Bill further provided that intimation generated after the proposed processing of TCS statement shall be at par with the intimation generated after processing of TDS statement and also provided that failure to pay tax specified in the intimat .....

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n 200A of the Act clarifies the intention of Legislature in inserting the said provision. The provisions of section 234E of the Act were inserted by the Finance Act, 2012, under which the provision was made for levy of fees for late furnishing TDS/TCS statements. Before insertion of section 234E of the Act, the Finance (No. 2) Act, 2009 had inserted section 200A in the Act, under the said section, mechanism was provided for processing of TDS statements for determining the amount payable or refun .....

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iod and in default, fees would be charged on such person. The said section itself provided that fees shall not exceed the amount of tax deducted at source or collected at source. It was further provided that the person responsible for furnishing the statements shall pay the said amount while furnishing the statements under section 200(3) of the Act. However, power enabling the Assessing Officer to charge/levy the fee under section 234E of the Act while processing the TDS returns/statements filed .....

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t before insertion of clause (c) to section 200A(1) of the Act w.e.f. 01.06.2015, then in such cases, the Assessing Officer is not empowered to charge fees under section 234E of the Act while processing the TDS returns filed by the deductor. 29. The Hon'ble Bombay High Court in Rashmikant Kundalia' case (supra) has upheld the constitutional validity of said section introduced by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015 but was not abreast of the applicability of the said section 234E of t .....

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the issue is whether the amendment brought in by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015 by way of insertion of clause (c) to section 200A(1) of the Act is clarificatory or is prospective in nature and is not applicable to the pending assessments. Undoubtedly, the provisions of section 234E of the Act were inserted by the Finance Act, 2012, under which the liability was imposed upon the deductor in such cases where TDS statements/returns were filed belatedly to pay the fees as per said section. .....

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of the Act. The amendment was brought in by the Finance Act, 2015 w.e.f. 01.06.2015 and such an amendment where empowerment is given to the Assessing Officer to levy or charge the fees cannot be said to be clarificatory in nature and hence, applicable for pending assessments. 31. The Hon'ble Supreme Court in Vatika Township (P.) Ltd's. case (supra) has explained the general principle concerning retrospectivity and have held that of the various rules guiding how a legislation has to be in .....

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insertion of section 200A in the Act, the existing provisions of section 200A of the Act did not provide for determination of fees payable under section 234E of the Act at the time of processing of TDS statements. In this regard, it was thus, proposed to amend the provisions of section 200A of the Act so as to enable the computation of fees payable under section 234E of the Act at the time of processing of TDS statements under section 200A of the Act. In other words, the Assessing Officer is em .....

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e (c) to section 200A of the Act. In such scenario, it cannot be said that insertion made by section 200A(1)(c) of the Act is retrospective in nature, where the Legislature was aware that the fees could be charged under section 234E of the Act as per Finance Act, 2012 and also the provisions of section 200A of the Act were inserted by Finance (No. 2) Act, 2009, under which the machinery was provided for the Assessing Officer to process the TDS statements filed by the assessee. The insertion cate .....

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nts under section 234E of the Act. The Hon'ble High Court notes that the Finance Act, 2015 had made amendments to section 200A of the Act enabling the Assessing Officer to make adjustments while levying fees under section 234E of the Act was applicable w.e.f. 01.06.2015 and has held that it has prospective effect. Accordingly, the Hon'ble High Court held that intimation raising demand prior to 01.06.2015 under section 200A of the Act levying section 234E of the Act late fees is not valid .....

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g the TDS statements/returns in the present set of appeals for the period prior to 01.06.2015, was not empowered to charge fees under section 234E of the Act. Hence, the intimation issued by the Assessing Officer under section 200A of the Act in all these appeals does not stand and the demand raised by way of charging the fees under section 234E of the Act is not valid and the same is deleted. The intimation issued by the Assessing Officer was beyond the scope of adjustment provided under sectio .....

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9;yes' that the assessing authority had such power and after 01.06.2015, the Assessing Officer was within his limit to levy fees under section 234E of the Act even while processing the TDS statements under section 200A of the Act. In view of the present set of facts, where the Assessing Officer had charged fees under section 234E of the Act while processing the statements under section 200A of the Act before 01.06.2015, there is no merit in the reliance placed upon by the learned DR on the s .....

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such provision cannot have retrospective effect as it would be detrimental to the case of taxpayer. The Hon'ble Delhi High Court was considering the application of amendment to section 40(a)(ia) of the Act by the Finance Act, 2010, under which certain relaxations were given to the application of said section and it was held that the same applies retrospectively to earlier years. However, in the present set of appeals, the issue is against the provision under which a new enabling power is bei .....

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the distinguishable facts and issues. 36. Now, coming to the connected issue raised by the learned Authorized Representative for the assessee by way of ground in some of the appeals appeal No. 1 that whether any appeal is maintainable against the intimation issued under section 200A of the Act and/or order passed under section 154 r.w.s. 200A of the Act by Assessing Officer in charging the fees under section 234E of the Act. Both the learned Authorized Representatives have raised varied argument .....

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lection at Source (TCS). The said memorandum categorically recognized that under the existing provisions of the Act, after processing of TDS statements, an intimation is generated specifying the amount payable or refundable. It was further noted that this intimation generated after processing TDS statement is (i) subject to rectification under section 154 of the Act; (ii) appealable under section 246A of the Act; and (iii) deemed as notice of payment under section 156 of the Act. Under the amend .....

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ince the demand issued by the Assessing Officer is deemed to be a notice of payment under section 156 of the Act. Since the intimation in question issued by the Assessing Officer was appealable order under section 246A(1)(a) of the Act, therefore, the CIT(A) should have examined the legality of adjustment made under intimation issued under section 200A of the Act. The CIT(A) has rejected the present set of appeals on the surmise that first of all, no appeal is provided against the intimation iss .....

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y demand raised under section 156 of the Act is appealable under section 246A(1)(a) and (c) of the Act. Accordingly, we reverse the findings of CIT(A) in this regard. We find support from the similar proposition being laid down by Mumbai Bench of Tribunal in bunch of cases with lead order in Kash Realtors (P.) Ltd. v. ITO in ITA No. 4199/M/2015, relating to assessment year 2013-14, consolidated order dated 27.07.2016, which had also decided the issue of charging of fees under section 234E of the .....

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ging fees under section 234E of the Act by the Assessing Officer while processing returns/statements in the paras hereinabove and in view thereof, we hold that the Assessing Officer is not empowered to charge the fees under section 234E of the Act by way of intimation issued under section 200A of the Act in respect of defaults before 01.06.2015, we allow the claim of assessee on both the aspects. The grounds of appeal raised by the assessee are thus, allowed. 37. In the result, all the appeals f .....

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find that the coordinate Bench of Pune in the case of Gajanan Constructions (supra) has made an elaborate discussion on the issue and decided in favour of the assessee. It is also noted that while coming to a particular conclusion, the Pune Bench of the Tribunal duly considered the decisions relied upon by the Ld. CIT-DR such as from Hon ble Bombay High Court in Rasmikant Kundalia (in para- 6), Hon ble Karnataka High Court in Laxmi Nirman, Bangalore (P.) Ltd. and also the decision of Hon ble Ra .....

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