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M/s. Riffleberg Capital (P) Ltd. F-217A, Sainik Farms, New Delhi. Vs. Addl. CIT, Circle-15(1) New Delhi.
February, 05th 2015
                      DELHI BENCH : F: NEW DELHI


                           ITA No. 4990/Del/2012
                        Assessment Year: 2008- 2009

M/s. Riffleberg Capital (P) Ltd.   Vs.     Addl. CIT,
F-217A, Sainik Farms,                      Circle-15(1)
New Delhi.                                 New Delhi.
 (Appellant)                                  (Respondent)

     Appellant by : Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Advocate, Rishabh Kapoor, Advocate
     Respondent by : Shri Vikram Sahay, Sr. DR



     The assesee has questioned first appellate order whereby the Ld.

CIT(A) has upheld the levy of penalty of Rs. 19,87,283/- u/s 271(1)(c) of

the Income Tax Act, 1961 made by the AO.

2.   We have heard and considered the arguments advanced by the parties

in view of orders of the authorities below, material available on record and

the decisions relied upon.

3.   The facts in brief are that during the course of assessment proceedings

the AO noticed that assessee company had included Security Transactions

Tax (STT) of Rs. 49,90,683/- in the value of credit shares during the year.
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Sale and purchase value of shares were shown under valued and over

valued by the same amount of Rs. 49,90,683/- on account of STT. The AO

was of the view that as per section 40(a)(ib) of the Income Tax Act, 1961

the STT is not an allowable expenses under the head "Income from

Business and Profession." The AO accordingly made addition of Rs.

49,90,683/- to the income of the assessee. The AO made further addition of

Rs. 54,000/- u/s 94(7), SIT disallowance of Rs. 85,179/- aggregating to Rs.

1,39,719/- and disallowance u/s 14A amounting to Rs. 8,15,040/-. The

penalty in question has been levied on these additions.      Regarding the

penalty levied on the ground that the assessee had claimed STT in its profit

and loss account and has thereby reduced its income by concealing the

particulars of income, Ld. AR submitted that assesses had not concealed

particulars of income or furnished inaccurate particulars of income when it

claimed SIT in its profit and loss account as according to the assessee, it

was a case of bonafide error. Without prejudice to this argument the Ld. AR

submitted further that there is no tax sought to be evaded in the present

case even if the allegation of AO is taken as correct. He submitted that

there were two possibilities in the question of law regarding STT. The first

possibility was that upto assessment year 2008-09 no deduction from

income (due to section 40(a)(ib)) was allowable but the reduction from tax

u/s 88E was allowable.    The second possibility was that deduction from

income u/s 36(i)(xv) was allowable but no reduction from tax (due to
                                                    ITA No.4990/Del/2012
specific mention in Section 88E(iii) was allowable. This possibility was

available from asstt. Year 2009-10. The assesee under its bonafide belief

availed the possibility discussed above         in the asstt.     Year   under

consideration which was made available by Finance Act 2008 w.e.f. asstt.

Year 2009-10.
4. Ld. AR submitted that there was no wrong information given, no wrong particulars of tax payable, no wrong amount of STT was furnished. He pointed out further that there was no revenue implications as it is evident from ITNS-150 in which after making the correct assessment , there was no tax payable due to availability of reduction/rebate of tax u/s 88E thus it was a case where instead of deduction of STT from the income, reduction of STT from the tax was to be allowed. 5. Ld. AR submitted that assessee is in the purchase and sale of shares as its business and had made an aggregate amount of Rs. 318.61 crores as purchase and Rs. 319.22 crores as sales of shares. STT which is paid at the time of purchases remained part of purchase price and was actually claimed in profit and loss account purchases. There was no malafide or in other words it was a case of bonafide error which is proved by the fact that in its return of income, its tax liability was nil and the entire rebate on account of STT u/s 88 E remained to be set off against any tax liability. Even if STT is disallowed and additional tax is worked out yet there is no tax payable as rebate on account of STT u/s 88E was still available to the assessee. 4 ITA No.4990/Del/2012 Therefore, by claiming STT as an expense, there was no advantage to the assessee which in turn proves that it was a case of bonafide error and it was not a case of concealment of particular of income or furnishing inaccurate particulars of income. In support he placed reliance on the following decisions :- 1. DCIT vs. Shree Laxmi Investment ITA 895/Ahm/2010 order dated 23.7.2010 2. Pricewater House vs. CIT 348 ITR 306 (SC) 3. CIT vs. BrahmPutra Consortium Ltd. 348 ITR 339 (Delhi) 6. With assistance of charts made available at page No. 4 of the written submissions, the Ld. AR submitted that there is no tax sought to be evaded and thus there was no question of levy of penalty u/s 271(1)© of the Act. In support he placed reliance on the decision of CIT vs. M/s. Nalwa Sons Investments Ltd. 327 ITR 543 (Delhi), affirmed by Hon'ble Supreme Court. 7. Ld. AR also referred page Nos. 1 to 54 of the paper book which are copies of audited balance sheet and profit and loss account showing the amount of book profit in the purchase of shares which was exclusive of STT, computation of income and return shown that tax after MAT credit was nil and that rebate u/s 88 E remained unutilized ; revised computation of income showing that after MAT receipt u/s 88E, there was nil tax liability ; details of purchase and sale of shares furnished during assessment proceedings, submissions made during the penalty proceedings that STT was inadvertently claimed and there was no gain to the assessee and STT 5 ITA No.4990/Del/2012 could not utilized as rebate and submissions made before the Ld. CIT(A) explaining the error because of amendment in section 40 of the Act. 8. Regarding the penalty levied on the addition of Rs. 54,000/- made u/s 94(7) of the Act, STT disallowance of Rs. 85,719/- and disallowance u/s 14A amounting to Rs. 815040/-, the Ld. AR submitted that penalty cannot be imposed in respect of two amounts in as much as the addition u/s 94(7) itself was not maintainable as the shares of Suraj Diamond were purchased on 6th and 7th February, 2007 as mentioned in the asstt. Order and also in grounds before the Ld. CIT(A). Thus these shares were purchased much before three months prior to the record date and thus section 94(7) is not applicable. He submitted further that claim of STT is to be allowed as expenditure incurred in connection with the transfer u/s 48 and hence there was nothing wrong on the part of the assessee about this claim. The Ld. AR referred page 17 of the paper book where the details of dividend showing that dividend of Rs. 54,000/- received on 10.9.2007 has been made available.
9. Regarding disallowance made us/14A of the Act, the Ld. AR submitted that the disallowance was made not on account of indirect expenses attributable to earning such tax exempt income but indirect expense which is always a matter of subjective opinion. In support he placed reliance on several decisions with emphasis on the decision of Hon'ble Supreme Court in the case of Reliance Petro 322 ITR 158 (SC). 6 ITA No.4990/Del/2012 10. Ld. DR on the other hand tried to justify the penalty levied and upheld by the authorities below with the submission that there was no bonafide mistake on the part of the assessee in claiming the benefit for which it was not entitled to resulting in making of disallowance / addition by the AO. He submitted further that the assesee has also lost in quantum. 11. Considering the above submissions we find that there is no reason to doubt the bonafide of the assessee in making the claim as there was no gain to the assesee as STT could not be utilized as rebate and secondly there was no tax sought to be evaded. In both the situation i.e tax payable on return income and tax position in the assessed income, the tax liability was Nil. So far as other addition / disallowance made on account of section 94(7) and u/s 14A of the Act are concerned there is no reason to doubt the above explanation of the assessee. Besides, the additions/disallowances on which penalty in question has been levied, have been made undisputedly on the basis of disclosure made by the assessee available on record. Hence it can not be said beyond doubt in the present case that there was concealment of particulars of income or furnishing inaccurate particulars thereof on the part of the assesee to attract penal action u/s 271(1)(c) of the Act on the disallowances / additions as discussed above. Nor is it the case of the revenue that the assessee has failed to disclose fully and truly all the material facts relating to particulars of income, the only mistake committed by the assessee was that while computing the payable income 7 ITA No.4990/Del/2012 and an amount which should have been disallowed due to provisions of section 40(a) (ib) of the Act was not disallowed or added back by the assessee. The reasons behind the other additions / disallowances has also been explained by the assesee on which there is no reason to doubt its bonafide. Having regard to the above stated facts in its totality we find that the AO was not justified in imposing penalty u/s 271 (1) (c) of the Act on the disallowances/additions made by the AO which were based on the disclosure of the related facts by the assesee only. We thus while setting aside the orders of the authorities below in this regard direct the AO to delete the penalty levied u/s 271(1)(c) of the Act amounting to Rs. 19,87,283/-. The grounds are thus allowed. In the result appeal is allowed. The order is pronounced in the open court on 2nd February, 2015. sd/- sd/- (N.K. SAINI) ( I.C. SUDHIR ) ACCOUNTANT MEMEBER JUDICIAL MEMBER Dated 2nd February, 2015 `Veena' Copy of order forwarded to: 1. Appellant 2. Respondent 3. CIT(A) 4. CIT 5. DR By Order Dy. Registrar, ITAT
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