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Case Name : AKS Power Equipments (P) Ltd. Vs. DCIT (ITAT Kolkata)
Appeal Number : I.T.A. No. 244/Kol/2021
Date of Judgement/Order : 01/09/2021
Related Assessment Year : 2019-20

AKS Power Equipments (P) Ltd. Vs. DCIT (ITAT Kolkata)

Where assessee remitted employees contribution towards PF and ESI before filing of return under section 139(1) and that the amendment/Explanation brought in Section 43B of Income Tax Act, 1961 by Finance Act, 2021 with effect from 1-4-2021 on the instant issue being prospective in nature, the said amendment would not be applicable to the relevant assessment year; thus, the addition made on account of delay in payment of employees contribution towards PF and ESI was liable to be deleted.

FULL TEXT OF THE ORDER OF ITAT KOLKATA

All these captioned appeals filed by different Assessee’s are against the separate orders of Ld. CIT(A)- [National Faceless Appeal Centre (NFAC)], Delhi dated 27.07.2021, 28.04.2021, 28.07.2021, 31.07.2021 and 30.07.2021 respectively for Assessment years 20 19-20 and except for ITA No. 254/Kol/2021 which is AY 2018-19.

2. At the outset, the Ld. AR Shri Subash Agarwal, Advocate submitted that the sole issue permeating in all the five captioned appeals are regarding the impugned action of the Ld. CIT(A) (NFAC) in confirming the addition made by AO on account of delay in payment of employees’ contribution towards PF & ESI, even though the assessee has remitted the employees’ contribution towards PF & ESI before filing of return u/s. 139(1) of the Income-tax Act, 1961[herein after the Act] According to Ld. AR, the amendment made by the Finance Act, 2021 is not applicable in this case, and the Ld CIT(A) erred in applying the explanation brought in by Finance Act, 2021, since this Tribunal has already held that the amendment/explanation brought in by Finance Act, 2021 is prospective in nature and not applicable to these assessment year before us and cited the decision of this Tribunal in ITA No. 186/Kol/2021 Harendra Nath Biswas Vs. DCIT, AY 2019-20 dated 16.07.2021; And therefore, according to Ld. AR, the issues in all the appeals are res-integra and the assessee is also relying on the decision of the Hon’ble jurisdictional High court in the case of CIT vs. M/s Vijayshree Ltd. reported in [2014] 43 com 396(Cal) and the Tribunal’s order cited supra. Per contra, the Ld. DR supports the action of the Ld. CIT(A) (NFAC) and does not want us to interfere with the order of Ld. CIT(A) (NFAC).

3. We have heard both the parties and perused the record. We note that the sole issue permeating in all these appeals are relating to confirmation of addition of 5,21,166/- in the appeal of M/s. AKS Power Equipments; and Rs.2,99,752/- in the appeal of M/s. Rohan Gloves Manufacturing P. Ltd.; and Rs.71,50,281/- in the appeal of M/s. Electromech Company; and Rs.5,64,186/- in the appeal of M/s. Classic Tannery P. Ltd. and Rs.8,61,565/- in the appeal of M/s. S. Chatterjee & Son (India) (P) Ltd. by the Ld. CIT(A) (NFAC) on account of assessee’s’ making delayed payment of employees’ contribution towards PF & ESI. It is an admitted fact which has not been disputed by either by the AO or the Ld. CIT(A) that the assessee has remitted the employees’ contribution towards PF & ESI before filing of return u/s. 139(1) of the Act. Having taken note of this fact and also the fact that this Tribunal has already taken a view that the amendment brought in by Finance Act, 2021 on this issue has been held to be prospective in nature in the case of Shri Harendra Nath Biswas (supra), therefore, we reiterate the same view that the amendment/explanation brought in by Finance Act, 2021 with effect from 01.04.2021 on this issue is prospective; and taking note that the relevant assessment years are 20 19-20 and 2018-19, the ibid explanation brought in by Finance Act, 2021, cannot be used/applied to unsettle the settled position of law passed by the Hon’ble jurisdictional High Court in the case of Vijayshree Ltd. (supra), since there is no retrospective legislative over-ruling. Therefore, we are inclined to allow the appeals of the assessee by following our own decision in Harendra Nath Biswas (supra). In the light of the aforesaid decision of the coordinate Bench of this Tribunal, we respectfully follow the same which is in consonance with the decision of the Hon’ble Calcutta High Court in Vijayshree Ltd. (supra) and allow the appeals of the assessee and direct the AO to delete the addition made in this regard in all the above five appeals.

4. In the result, all the appeals of the assessee are allowed.

Order is pronounced in the open court on 1st September, 2021.

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