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2019 (6) TMI 699

he stage of initiation of penalty proceedings at the time of issue of notice us 274 r.w.s 271(1)(c) and at the time of passing the penalty order u/s 271(1)(c) should not be at variance. If there is any variance between the charge levied at the time of initiation of penalty proceedings and the charge levied at the time of imposition of penalty, the penalty order will be vitiated and penalty cannot be sustained. However, if the charge are same then no fault can be found with regard to defect in notice so as to hold that the penalty is not leviable. It is clear that both at the time of initiation of penalty as well as at the time of imposing the penalty, the charge of the A.O. was same i.e. “concealment of income and also for furnishing .....

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ct, 1961 (in short the Act). Following grounds have been taken by the assessee: 1 On the facts and in the circumstances of the case and in law, Ld. CIT(A) erred in confirming levied by Ld. AO by ignoring the fact that penalty proceedings were initiated for furnishing inaccurate particulars of income whereas penalty was levied for concealment of income as well as for furnishing inaccurate particulars of income, which is not in accordance with law. It is therefore prayed that penalty levied u/s 271(1)(c) is not accordance with law and deserves to be deleted. 2. On the facts and in the circumstances of the case the Ld. CIT(A) has grossly erred in confirming penalty of around 80,936/- levied u/s 271(1)(c) of the income Tax Act, 1961on the addit .....

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y, ld. AO has recorded the conclusion that assessee has concealed the income in addition to furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income. 5. The ld AR has further submitted that while initiating penalty u/s 271(1)(c) of the Act the AO has recorded satisfaction and directed initiation of penalty for 'furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income', which is evident from the assessment order, whereas in the penalty order the same has been levied alleging 'concealment of income and also furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income. According to provisions of sec. 271 (1)(c), the AO has to show that the assessee has either concealed his income or has furnished inaccurate particulars of income. Concealment of income is quite diff .....

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income. Accordingly, the A.O. was justified in levying the penalty U/s 271(1)(c) of the Act. 8. We have considered the rival contentions and carefully gone through the orders of the authorities below. We had considered the written submissions filed by the assessee wherein various judicial pronouncements were relied upon. We had deliberated all these judicial pronouncements with reference to the factual matrix of the case. With regard to illegality of the penalty, the ld AR has relied on the decision of Amritsar Bench of the ITAT in the case of HPCL Mittal Energy Ltd. Vs ACIT (supra). As per the ld AR while initiating the penalty proceedings with regard to alleged concealment of income and imposing penalty for the other charge i.e. furnishin .....

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n be expressed by using the word 'and' between the two expressions. When the AO is satisfied that it is a clear-cut case of concealment of particulars of income, he must specify it so in the notice at the time of initiation of penalty proceedings and also in the penalty order. The AO cannot initiate penalty on the charge of 'concealment of particulars of income', but ultimately find the assessee guilty in the penalty order of 'furnishing inaccurate particulars of income'. In the same manner, he cannot be uncertain in the penalty order as to concealment or furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income by using slash between the two expressions. When the AO is satisfied that it is a clear-cut case of 'furnishing o .....

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ble in law. 10. The sum and substance of above decision is that the nature of specification of charge by the A.O. at the stage of initiation of penalty proceedings at the time of issue of notice U/s 274 read with Section 271(1)(c) of the Act and at the time of passing the penalty order U/s 271(1)(c) should not be at variance. If there is any variance between the charge levied at the time of initiation of penalty proceedings and the charge levied at the time of imposition of penalty, the penalty order will be vitiated and penalty cannot be sustained. However, if the charge are same then no fault can be found with regard to defect in notice so as to hold that the penalty is not leviable. 11. Now we consider the facts of the instant case with .....

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short stock, addition was made. This addition was confirmed by the ld. CIT(A) and thereafter by the ITAT. Thus, there is no dispute with regard to the concealment of income and furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income, in so far as the addition has been upheld up to the last extent. It has not been shown by the ld AR as to whether the order of the Tribunal was challenged before the Hon ble High Court and the Hon ble High Court has accepted substantial questions of law so as to suggest that it is debatable issue. Accordingly, we do not find any infirmity in the penalty so imposed. 14. Considering the totality of facts and circumstances of the case and the judicial pronouncements, we are inclined to agree with the ld DR that the A.O. wa .....

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