prpri Section 80P Deduction denied on Interest income on Bank FD- proportionate cost allowable Section 80P Deduction denied on Interest income on Bank FD- proportionate cost allowable

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Case Name : Karnataka Judicial Officers Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. Vs ITO (ITAT Bangalore)
Appeal Number : ITA No. 58/Bang/2021
Date of Judgement/Order : 23/06/2021
Related Assessment Year : 2016-17

Karnataka Judicial Officers Credit Co-operative Society Ltd. Vs ITO (ITAT Bangalore)

The next issue relates to the deduction claimed by the assessee u/s.80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of interest income. Identical issue has been considered by the co-ordinate bench in the case of Karkala Co-op Bank Ltd (supra). For the sake of convenience, we extract below the relevant observations made by the co-ordinate bench:-

“7. The next common issue relates to rejection of deduction claimed u/s. 80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of interest income earned from fixed deposits kept with bank. We noticed earlier that the A.O. has observed in Assessment Year 2015-16 that the interest income received by the assessee from deposits kept with banks is not eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(c) & 80P(2)(d) of the Act since the assessee is not eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act. In AY 2016-17, the AO assessed the interest income received on bank deposits under the head “Income from other sources” and denied deduction claimed u/s.80P(2)(d) of the Act. The Ld CIT(A) confirmed the action of the AO on this issue.

8. The Ld. A.R. submitted that the assessee is entitled to claim deduction allowable u/s 57 of the Act in respect of cost of funds and proportionate administrative and other expenses. In support of this submission, the Ld. A.R. placed reliance on the decision rendered by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs. ITO (2015) 58 taxmann.com 35 (Karn). The Ld. A.R. submitted that the assessee in the above said case had put forth identical claim claim before Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case reported as Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs. ITO (2010) 188 taxmann.com 282 and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide 14 of its order, had restored the question raised by the assessee to the file of Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka. Consequent thereto, the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka has passed the order in the case reported in 58 taxmann.com 35 and held that the Tribunal was not right in coming to the conclusion that the interest earned by the appellant is an income from other sources without allowing deduction in respect of proportionate cost, administrative expenses incurred in respect of such deposits. Accordingly, the Ld. A.R. prayed that the A.O. may be directed to allow deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses, if the A. O. proposes to assess the interest income earned from bank deposits as income under the head “other sources”.

9. We heard Ld. D.R. on this issue. We find merit in the prayer of the assessee, since it is supported by the decision rendered by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs.ITO (2015) 58 taxmann.com 35 (Karn). Accordingly, we direct the A.O. to allow deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses, if the A.O. proposes to assess the interest income earned from bank deposits as income under the head “other sources”.”

In the instant case, the assessee has earned interest income from fixed deposits with other banks. In view of the decision rendered by the jurisdictional Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, the assessee is entitled for deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses. Accordingly, we set aside the order passed by Ld.CIT(A) on this issue and restore the same to the file of the AO with similar directions.

FULL TEXT OF THE ITAT JUDGEMENT

Present appeal is filed by the assessee against the order dated 29/11/2019, passed by Ld CIT(A)-5, 4 assessment year 20 16- 17 on following two issues:-

(a) Rejection of deduction claimed u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Income-tax Act,1961 [‘the Act’ for short].

(b) Rejection of deduction u/s 80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of interest income earned on fixed deposits with other co­operative societies.

2. The Ld A.R submitted that the assessee is a credit co­operative society engaged in the business of accepting deposits from and lending loans to its members. The assessee filed its return of income claiming deduction u/s 80P of the Act. The Ld. AO rejected the claim on the reasoning that the assessee is a bank, and hence provisions of 80 P are not applicable. The assessee had earned interest from deposits/investment kept with other co-operative societies. The AO held that the assessee is not eligible to claim deduction u/s 80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of above said income. In this regard, the AO placed his reliance on the decision rendered by Hon’ble supreme Court in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society vs. PCIT Ltd reported in (2010) 188 ta$mann. com 282.

3. The Ld.AR submitted that the appeal filed by the assessee before Ld.CIT(A) challenging the additions made by the Ld.AO was dismissed.

Aggrieved by the order passed by learnt CIT (A) assessee is in appeal before us

4.It is submitted that, both the above said issues are covered by the decision rendered by the co-ordinate bench in the case of Karkala Co-op S. Bank Ltd (ITA Nos. 1288 & 1289/Bang/2019 relating to Assessment Year: 2015-16 & 2016-17 by order dated 18-02-2021. It is further submitted that, the co-ordinate bench of this Tribunal restored the first issue to the file of Ld.AO with the direction to apply the decision rendered by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Mavilayi Service Co-operative Bank Ltd. Vs. CIT reported in(2021) 123 taxmann.com 161 (SC).

4.1. With regard to the second issue, the co-ordinate bench has directed the Ld.AO to follow the decision rendered by the jurisdictional Hon’ble Karnataka High Court in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs. ITO (2015) 58 taxmann.com 35 (Karn).

4.2. Accordingly, the Ld A.R submitted that, the decision rendered by the co-ordinate bench may kindly be followed in this case also in respect of both the issues.

4.3. On the contrary, Ld. DR placed reliance on orders passed by authorities below.

We have perused the record based on the submissions advanced by both sides.

4.5. The first issue relates to the claim of deduction u/s 80P(2) (a) (i) of the Act. We notice that, an identical issue has been considered by the co-ordinate bench in the case of Karkala Co-op Bank Ltd (supra), wherein an identical issue has been restored to the file of Ld.AO for examining it afresh. For the sake of convenience, we extract below the relevant observations made by the co-ordinate bench:-

“4. The Ld. A.R. submitted that the law on deduction of 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act available to credit co-operative societies has since been settled by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Mavilayi Service Co-operative Bank Ltd. Vs.CIT (2021) 123 taxmann.com 161 (SC). He submitted that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has held that the expression “Members” is not defined in the Income-tax Act. Hence, it is necessary to construe the expression “Members” in section 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act in the light of definition of that expression as contained in the concerned co-operative societies Act. The Ld. A.R. submitted that the Hon’ble Supreme Court has considered the decision rendered by it in the case of Citizen Co-operative Society Ltd. (supra) and observed that the ratio decidendi of Citizen Co operative Society Ltd. must be given effect to. Accordingly, he submitted that the assessee should be allowed deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act.

5. The Ld. D.R., on the contrary, submitted that the issue of deduction needs to be examined afresh in the light of decision rendered by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Mavilayi Service Co-operative Bank Ltd. (supra). Accordingly, he submitted that this issue may be restored to the file of the A.O.

6. We heard the parties on this issue and perused the record. We find merit in the submission made by Ld. D.R. Since the Hon’ble Supreme Court has settled many issues in the decision rendered by it in the case of Mavilayi Service Co­operative Bank Ltd. (supra) and since the facts prevailing in the instant case needs to be examined afresh in the light of the principles enunciated by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the above said case, we are of the view that the issue of deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act requires fresh examination at the end of the A. 0. Accordingly, we set aside the order passed by Ld. CIT(A) on this issue in both the years under consideration and restore them to the file of the A. 0. in both the years for examining it afresh as discussed above.”

4.6. Since the facts are identical, following the decision rendered by the co-ordinate bench, we restore this issue to the file of the Ld.AO with similar directions.

5. The next issue relates to the deduction claimed by the assessee u/s.80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of interest income. Identical issue has been considered by the co-ordinate bench in the case of Karkala Co-op Bank Ltd (supra). For the sake of convenience, we extract below the relevant observations made by the co-ordinate bench:-

“7. The next common issue relates to rejection of deduction claimed u/s. 80P(2)(d) of the Act in respect of interest income earned from fixed deposits kept with bank. We noticed earlier that the A.O. has observed in Assessment Year 2015-16 that the interest income received by the assessee from deposits kept with banks is not eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(c) & 80P(2)(d) of the Act since the assessee is not eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act. In AY 2016-17, the AO assessed the interest income received on bank deposits under the head “Income from other sources” and denied deduction claimed u/s.80P(2)(d) of the Act. The Ld CIT(A) confirmed the action of the AO on this issue.

8. The Ld. A.R. submitted that the assessee is entitled to claim deduction allowable u/s 57 of the Act in respect of cost of funds and proportionate administrative and other expenses. In support of this submission, the Ld. A.R. placed reliance on the decision rendered by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs. ITO (2015) 58 taxmann.com 35 (Karn). The Ld. A.R. submitted that the assessee in the above said case had put forth identical claim claim before Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case reported as Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs. ITO (2010) 188 taxmann.com 282 and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, vide 14 of its order, had restored the question raised by the assessee to the file of Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka. Consequent thereto, the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka has passed the order in the case reported in 58 taxmann.com 35 and held that the Tribunal was not right in coming to the conclusion that the interest earned by the appellant is an income from other sources without allowing deduction in respect of proportionate cost, administrative expenses incurred in respect of such deposits. Accordingly, the Ld. A.R. prayed that the A.O. may be directed to allow deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses, if the A. O. proposes to assess the interest income earned from bank deposits as income under the head “other sources”.

9. We heard Ld. D.R. on this issue. We find merit in the prayer of the assessee, since it is supported by the decision rendered by Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka in the case of Totgars Co-operative Sale Society Ltd. Vs.ITO (2015) 58 taxmann.com 35 (Karn). Accordingly, we direct the A.O. to allow deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses, if the A.O. proposes to assess the interest income earned from bank deposits as income under the head “other sources”.”

5.1. In the instant case, the assessee has earned interest income from fixed deposits with other banks. In view of the decision rendered by the jurisdictional Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka, the assessee is entitled for deduction of proportionate cost, administrative and other expenses. Accordingly, we set aside the order passed by Ld.CIT(A) on this issue and restore the same to the file of the AO with similar directions.

Accordingly the grounds raised by assessee stands allowed for statistical purposes In the result, the appeal of the assessee stands allowed for statistical purposes.

Order pronounced in the open court on 23rd June, 2021.

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