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Interest and penalty not leviable when there is no fault of Assessee in depositing GST


Last updated: 27 May 2024

Court :
Allahabad High Court

Brief :
The Hon'ble Allahabad High Court in the case of Bhole Baba Milk Food Industries Limited v. Union of India [Writ Tax No. 1431 of 2023 dated April 16, 2024] allowed the writ petition and held that the levy of fee and interest would arise only in case where the failure is on part of the assessee to file return and/or payment of tax due within the prescribed period of time.

Citation :
Writ Tax No. 1431 of 2023 dated April 16, 2024

The Hon'ble Allahabad High Court in the case of Bhole Baba Milk Food Industries Limited v. Union of India [Writ Tax No. 1431 of 2023 dated April 16, 2024] allowed the writ petition and held that the levy of fee and interest would arise only in case where the failure is on part of the assessee to file return and/or payment of tax due within the prescribed period of time.

Facts

Bhole Baba Milk Food Industries Limited ("the Petitioner") has filed the writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court for refund of the amount of interest and penalty for non-filing of return which has been debited from the Electronic Credit Ledger.

Issue

Whether interest and penalty leviable when there is no fault of Assessee in depositing GST?

Held

The Hon'ble Allahabad High Court in the case of Writ Tax No. 1431 of 2023 held as under:

  • Noted that, the Petitioner has initiated the payment of tax within the prescribed time period in the manner prescribed for which the amount is debited from the bank account. However, the Revenue Department ("the Respondent") states that the amount has been received at later stage.
  • Opined that, the levy of fee and interest would arise only in case where the failure is on part of the assessee to file return and/or payment of tax due within the prescribed period of time.
  • Held that, the writ petition is disposed of directing the Respondent to adjust the amount of interest and penalty against the tax liability

OFFICIAL JUDGMENT COPY HAS BEEN ATTACHED BELOW

 
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Bimal Jain
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