Eligibility of Capital gains deuction if Assessee failed to deposit unutilized amount of capital gains in capital gains scheme account by date of filing of return of income

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Eligibility of Capital gains deuction if Assessee failed to deposit unutilized amount of capital gains in capital gains scheme account by date of filing of return of income

Short Overvivew : Where assessee failed to deposit unutilized amount of capital gains in capital gains scheme account by the date of filing of return of income, the assessee would not be entitled to the claim of deduction under section 54F.

Assessee claimed deduction under section 54F on account of investment made in a specified bank/institution. Revenue rejected the said claim of deduction alleging that the assessee did not deposit unutilized amount of capital gains in capital gains scheme account by the due date of filing return of income.

it is held that: Since assessee failed to deposit unutilized amount of capital gains in capital gains scheme account by the date of filing of return of income, the assessee would not be entitled to the claim of deduction under section 54F.

Decision: Against the assessee.

IN THE ITAT, PUNE BENCH

SUSHMA CHOWLA, J.M. & ANIL CHATURVEDI, A.M.

Sameer Vithalrao Ghanwat v. ITO

ITA No. 645/PUN/2018

21 January, 2019

Appellant by: None

Respondent by: Rajesh Gawali

ORDER

Sushma Chowla, J.M.

The appeal filed by assessee is against order of Commissioner (Appeals), Pune-5, dated 4-12-2017 relating to assessment year 2013-14 against order passed under section 143(3) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (in short ‘the Act’).

2. Despite service of notice, none appeared on behalf of assessee nor any application was moved for adjournment. However, because of the issue involved, we proceed to decide the present appeal after hearing the learned Departmental Representative for the Revenue.

3. The assessee has raised the following grounds of appeal :–

On the facts and in the circumstances of the case and in law, the learned Commissioner (Appeals) has :–

1. Erred in confirming the cost of acquisition of the land sold by the Appellant as on 1-4-1981 at Rs. 10,360 as against Rs. 3,59,648 claimed by the Appellant.

2. Erred in confirming the deduction claimed under section 54F of the Act at Rs. 33,48,003 as against Rs. 45,41,736 claimed by the Appellant.

3. Erred in passing the ex parte order by not granting the Appellant sufficient opportunity of being heard.

In view of the above grounds and on the facts and in the circumstances of the case and in law, the Appellant prays Your Honour to allow the appeal and set aside the orders passed by the lower authorities, being not justified in law and pass any other order which Your Honours may deemed fit in the interest of justice.

4. The first issue raised is against cost of acquisition of the property as on 1-4-1981.

5. Briefly, in the facts of the case, the assessee had filed original return of income of income on 30-7-2013 declaring income at Rs. 2,42,617. For the year under consideration, the assessee had sold his land at Balewadi, Tal. Haveli, Pune Dist. on 27-9-2012. The assessee had shown the cost of acquisition of the said property as on 1-4-1981 at Rs. 3,59,648, whereas the assessing officer had adopted at Rs. 10,360.

6. The perusal of assessment order reflects that the assessee had admitted before the assessing officer to adopt the cost of acquisition at Rs. 10,360. In view of the admission of assessee, there is no merit in the ground of appeal raised by assessee in this regard. Hence, the same is dismissed.

7. Now, coming to the claim of deduction under section 54F of the Act at Rs. 33,48,003 as against Rs. 45,41,736.

8. Brief facts relating to the issue are that the assessee explained that he had purchased a new residential property jointly with his wife on 4-3-2013 for a total consideration of Rs. 53,85,000, out of which an amount of Rs. 33,85,130 has been claimed as deduction under section 54 of the Act by the assessee and the balance has been claimed as deduction under section 54F of the Act by his wife. Further, the assessee had also claimed deduction of Rs. 11,56,606 under section 54F of the Act on account of investment made in a specified bank/institution. Thus, the total deduction claimed under section 54F of the Act by the assessee was at Rs. 45,41,736. However, the assessing officer on verification of the details submitted during the course of assessment proceedings, noted that the entire claim made by assessee could not be allowed in view of the provisions of section 54F(1)(b) and 54F(4) of the Act and the proviso thereof. In the instant case, the net consideration of the original asset was at Rs. 80,48,041, i.e., after considering expenditure by way of cost of selling, whereas the cost of net asset was only Rs. 33,85,130 as claimed by the assessee in the computation. Thus, the proportionate amount of deduction under section 54F of the Act allowable would work out to Rs. 33,48,003 [33,85,130 ÷ 8048041 × 7959774]. Further, the assessee has also claimed an amount of Rs. 11,56,606 as deduction under section 54F of the Act on account of deposit to an account of specified bank or institution. As per the provisions of section 54F(4) of the Act, the amount of net consideration which was not appropriated by the assessee towards the purchase of new asset made within one year before the date on which the transfer of the original asset took place, or which was not utilized by him for the purchase or construction of the new asset before the date of furnishing the return of income under section 139 of the Act, shall be deposited by him before furnishing such return. Such deposits being made in any case not later than the due date applicable in the case of the assessee for furnishing the return under sub-section (1) of section 139 of the Act in an account in any bank or institution as may be specified. In the instant case, the sale of the original asset took place on 27-9-2012 and the due date for furnishing the return under section 139(1) of the Act was 31-7-2013 whereas the assessee has deposited the amount into the aforesaid account on 24-7-2014, i.e., more than one year beyond the due date for furnishing the return. Thus, the authorities below held that the deduction claimed in respect of this amount could not be allowed.

9. The assessee is in appeal against the order of Commissioner (Appeals).

10. Despite service of notice, none appeared on behalf of assessee. However, we find that the issue stands covered against the assessee by the order of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court in the case of Humayun Suleman Merchant v. CCIT (2016) 73 taxmann.com 2 (Bom.) : 2016 TaxPub(DT) 3850 (Bom-HC).

11. Further, the said proposition laid down by the Hon’ble Bombay High Court in Humayun Suleman Merchant v. CCIT (supra) has been applied by the Pune Bench of the Tribunal (where Judicial Member is a party) in ITA No. 923/PUN/2015 relating to assessment year 2009-10 vide Order, dated 20-12-2017. Vide Para No. 7 of the Order, dated 20-12-2017, the claim of deduction under section 54 of the Act was denied to the assessee as he had not deposited the amount in the capital gains scheme account by the due date of filing the return of income.

12. The issue arising in the present appeal is identical to the issue before the Tribunal and following the same parity of reasoning, we hold that the assessee is not entitled to the claim of deduction under section 54F of the Act as the assessee has failed to deposit the unutilized amount of capital gains in the capital gains scheme account by the date of filing of return of income. Since this issue is settled by the Hon’ble Jurisdictional High Court, hence, the matter is being decided ex parte the assessee. The grounds of appeal raised by the assessee are thus dismissed.

13. In the result, the appeal of assessee is dismissed.

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