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Case Name : Urban Infraprojects Pvt. Ltd. Vs ACIT (ITAT Kolkata)
Appeal Number : ITA No. 577/Kol/2019
Date of Judgement/Order : 19/08/2020
Related Assessment Year : 2015-16
Courts : All ITAT (7314) ITAT Kolkata (591)

Urban Infraprojects Pvt. Ltd. Vs ACIT (ITAT Kolkata)

In the present case, the assessee is is in the business of civil construction. The AO has disallowed ad-hoc 10% of operating and other expenses because the portions of the bills of self made debit vouchers are not verifiable.

ITAT states that, anyhow disallowing 10% of the expenditure on the ground that profit leakage has to be plugged cannot be supported. Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, some disallowance of a random amount of 5 lakhs, in our view, would meet the end of justice. In the result, the balance disallowance is deleted and the appeal of the assessee is allowed in part.

FULL TEXT OF THE ITAT JUDGEMENT

This appeal filed by the assessee is directed against the order of the Learned Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)-2, Kolkata, [hereinafter the “CIT(A)”], passed u/s. 250 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the ‘Act’), dated 23.01.2019 for the Assessment Year 2015-16.

2. The sole ground of appeal is against the ad-hoc disallowance of 10% of operating and other expenses made by the AO. The assessee’s contention is that the AO, without pointing out any specific defects has disallowed an amount of 23,07,536/-. He relies on the jurisdictional High Court’s decision for the proposition that such ad-hoc disallowance cannot be permitted.

3. The ld. DR submitted that the assessee is in the business of civil construction and the AO recorded at para 4 of the order that the portion of the bills consist of self made debit vouchers, which are not verifiable. He relied on the order of the AO as well as the ld. IT(A).

4. After hearing rival contentions, we find part justification in the order of the AO. We find that the AO has recorded that the portions of the bills of self made debit vouchers which are not verifiable. Anyhow disallowing 10% of the expenditure on the ground that profit leakage has to be plugged cannot be supported. Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, some disallowance of a random amount of 5 lakhs, in our view, would meet the end of justice.

5. In the result, the balance disallowance is deleted and the appeal of the assessee is allowed in part.

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