IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
Decided on 24th March, 2015
ACB INDIA LIMITED (FORMERLY M/S ARYAN COAL BENEFICATIONS (P) LTD.
Through Mr. Salil Kapoor and Mr.Vikas Jain, Advs.
ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX
Through Mr. N P Sahni, sr. standing counsel
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE S. RAVINDRA BHAT
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE R.K.GAUBA
MR. JUSTICE S. RAVINDRA BHAT (OPEN COURT)
Exemption is allowed subject to all just exceptions.
The application is disposed of.
For the reasons mentioned in the application the delay in refilling the appeal is condoned.
The application is disposed of.
2. Mr. N P Sahni, Advocate accepts notice.
3. The question of law urged on behalf of the assessee is whether the decision of the ITAT as to the disallowance under Section 14A of the Income Tax Act, is in error of law in the circumstances of the case. For the assessment year 2008-09 the assessee – which is mainly engaged in the business of coal preparation, i.e. beneficiation of coal, transportation, loading of coal and related activities, had reported a tax exempt income to the tune of `18,26,360/- amongst other heads of income. The AO added back `19,96,242/- under Section 14A. While doing so, the AO applied Rule 8D by taking into consideration the total quantum of interest other than that invested, under Section 14A in terms of Rule 8D, and arrived at the said figure after multiplying it with the result of the average value of investments and over average value of assets derived by him. He thus determined the disallowance of `19,96,242/-. The CIT(Appeals) went into the record and found that the amount of investment attributable to dividend as on 31.3.2008 was `3,53,26,800/-, which constituted less than 1% of the total scheduled funds. He however accepted the basis of calculation applied by the AO and directed a disallowance of .05% of the amount determined to be average investment. The ITAT – to which the revenue appealed, restored the AO’s determination holding it to be a true calculation in terms of Rule 8D. It is argued by the assessee that since CIT(Appeals) correctly noted the facts as to the value of the investment in tax exempt investment, and at the same time noticed that the ultimate result on an application of .05% disallowance would be same. Counsel for the revenue on the other hand, submitted that given the determination of average value of investment, the AO had no choice but to apply Rule 8D(2) in view of mandate of section 14A which required him to apply the prescribed method of determining disallowance. Facts as disclosed by the AO, who expressed his opinion that the claim of the assessee for no disallowance was warranted since no expenditure was incurred, had to be rejected. Therefore, the first condition for application of Section 14A in this case was fulfilled. In such eventuality the AO is required by the mandate of Rule 8D to follow Rule 8D(2). Clauses 1, 2 and 3 detail the methodology to be adopted. Clauses are of importance, they read as follows :
“Method for determining amount of expenditure in relation to income not includible in total income.
8D. (1) Where the Assessing Officer, having regard to the accounts of the assessee of a previous year, is not satisfied with—
(a) the correctness of the claim of expenditure made by the assessee; or
(b) the claim made by the assessee that no expenditure has been incurred, in relation to income which does not form part of the total income under the Act for such previous year, he shall determine the amount of expenditure in relation to such income in accordance with the provisions of sub-rule (2).
(2) The expenditure in relation to income which does not form part of the total income shall be the aggregate of following amounts, namely :—
(i) the amount of expenditure directly relating to income which does not form part of total income;
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