• Jan
  • 17
  • 2014

Employees’ PF/ ESI Contribution covered by S. 43B

It is an admitted fact that the entire amount was deposited by the respondent-assessee at least on or before the due date of filing of the returns under Section 139 of the I.T. Act and being a concurrent finding of fact by the respective authorities and in the light of the judgments rendered by this Court in the case of Commissioner of Income Tax vs. M/s State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (D.B. Income Tax Appeal No.177/2011) so also Commissioner of Income Tax vs. Jaipur Vidyut Viaran Nigam Ltd. (D.B. Income Tax Appeal No.189/2011), of even date wherein it has been held that if the amount has been deposited on or before the due date of filing the return under Section 139 and admittedly it was deposited on or before the due date then the amount cannot be disallowed under Section 43B of the I.T. Act or under Section 36(1)(va) of the Act. In fact in the above matters one of the party is same as in the present appeals, therefore, the issue is no more res-integra in the light of judgments of this Court referred to supra and, in our view, no substantial question of law arises out of the impugned orders of the ITAT, which may require attention of this Court.

HIGH COURT OF RAJASTHAN AT JAIPUR

O R D E R

(1) D.B. INCOME TAX APPEAL NO.278/2011

(2) D.B. INCOME TAX APPEAL NO.103/2011

(3) D.B. INCOME TAX APPEAL NO.280/2011

(4) D.B. INCOME TAX APPEAL NO.281/2011

(5) D.B. INCOME TAX APPEAL NO.301/2011

Commissioner of Income Tax, Jaipur-II, Jaipur

Vs.

Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.

DATE OF ORDER : 06th January 2014

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE AJAY RASTOGI

HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE J.K. RANKA

BY THE COURT: (Per Hon’ble Ranka J.)

These Income Tax Appeals under Section 260A of the Income Tax Act (for short I.T. Act) are directed against the orders dated 30/09/2008, 20/08/2010, 30/09/2008, 30/09/2008 & 30/09/2008 of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Jaipur Bench, Jaipur (for short ITAT) arising out of ITA No.825/JP/2008 for Assessment Year 2005-06, ITA No.333/JP/2010 Assessment Year 2006-07, ITA No.826/JP/2008 Assessment Year 2003-04, ITA No.76/JP/2008 Assessment Year 2001-02 and ITA No. 827/JP/2008 Assessment Year 2004-05 respectively.

2. Since the controversy involved is identical, these Income Tax Appeals are being decided by this common order.

3. The brief facts as reveal from the record are that a claim was made by the respondent-assessee about payment of GPF, CPF and ESI and the said amount was claimed under Section 36(1)(va) read with Section 43B of the I.T. Act. It is the claim of the revenue that the said amount though paid by the assessee, but was not paid within the due date as given under the relevant Act of GPF, CPF and ESI and, therefore, the said amount could not be allowed either under Section 36(1)(va) and even under Section 43B of the I.T. Act as it was not paid on or before the due date of the respective Acts.

4. It is the claim of the respondent-assessee that though the amount could not be paid on or before the due date under the respective Act, but the same was deposited on or before the due date of furnishing of the Income Tax returns under Section 139 of the I.T. Act and, therefore, in view of Section 43B read with Section 36(1)(va) of the I.T. Act the entire amount was allowable.

5. Counsel for the revenue submitted that the amount had to be deposited on or before the due date of the respective GPF Act, CPF Act and ESI Act and since the same was not paid on or before the due date of the respective Acts, therefore, it was not even allowable under the provisions of Section 36(1)(va) of the I.T. Act nor could be allowed under Section 43B of the I.T. Act.

6. We have considered the arguments advanced by the learned counsel for the revenue and have also gone through the impugned orders. In our view no substantial question of law arise out of the orders of the ITAT as it is an admitted fact that the entire amount was deposited by the respondent-assessee at least on or before the due date of filing of the returns under Section 139 of the I.T. Act and being a concurrent finding of fact by the respective authorities and in the light of the judgments rendered by this Court in the case of Commissioner of Income Tax vs. M/s State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur (D.B. Income Tax Appeal No.177/2011) so also Commissioner of Income Tax vs. Jaipur Vidyut Viaran Nigam Ltd. (D.B. Income Tax Appeal No.189/2011), of even date wherein it has been held that if the amount has been deposited on or before the due date of filing the return under Section 139 and admittedly it was deposited on or before the due date then the amount cannot be disallowed under Section 43B of the I.T. Act or under Section 36(1)(va) of the Act. In fact in the above matters one of the party is same as in the present appeals, therefore, the issue is no more res-integra in the light of judgments of this Court referred to supra and, in our view, no substantial question of law arises out of the impugned orders of the ITAT, which may require attention of this Court.

7. We find no merit in these appeals and the same are hereby dismissed in limine.

See the contrary view in CIT Vs. Gujarat State Road Transport Corp (Gujarat High Court).


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