Original Return not filed: Section 80P deduction can be claimed while filing return in response to Notice under Section 148
Here is a case wherein assessee society did not file return of income before the due date but filed the return after issue of notice u/s.148, that too after expiration of 30 days of time allowed in the said notice by claiming deduction u/s 80P amounting to Rs.2,19,45,464/- which includes interest received of Rs.40,37,552/- from cooperative urban bank and Rs. 1,79,07,912/- from other cooperative banks..
The question was whether assessee society is eligible for deduction U/s 80P in such a case?
ITAT Chennai observed as under”
“We have heard both the parties, perused the materials available on record and gone through the orders of authorities below along with various case laws cited by both the parties. There is no dispute with regard to the fact that the assessee is a credit co-operative society registered under the TamilNadu Cooperative Societies Act, 1983. It is also not in dispute that the assessee is engaged in the business of providing credit facilities to its members. The AO has disallowed deduction claimed u/s.80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act primarily on two grounds. The first objection of the AO is with regard to claim of deduction in the light of provisions of Section 80A(5) of the Act which restricts the deduction unless such deduction is claimed in the return of income. We have gone through the provisions of Section 80P read with Section 80A(5) of the Act and found that nowhere in Section 80P or in Section 80A(5) of the Act it is mentioned that the assessee is required to file its return of income within the prescribed time provided u/s.139(1) or 139(4) of the Act. But, what is required to be seen is whether the assessee has made a claim in the return of income filed for the relevant year or not, even though such return is not filed within due date. In this case, the assessee although not filed its return of income for the impugned assessment year u/s.139 of the Act but such return of income has been filed in response to the notice issued u/s.148 of the Act and in the said return of income the assessee has made a claim for deduction u/s.80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act. Therefore, we are of the considered view there is no merit in the arguments taken by the ld.DR that the assessee is not entitled for deduction u/s.80P unless such deduction is claimed by filing return of income within the prescribed time allowed u/s.139(1) or 139(4) of the Act. This view is fortified by the decision of the Hon’ble Kerala High Court in the case of Chirakkal Service Cooperative Bank Ltd., vs. CIT (2016) 384 ITR 490 (Ker), where the Hon’ble Kerala High Court held that “a return filed by the assessee beyond the period stipulated u/s.139(1) or 139(4) or 142(1) or 148 of the Act can also be accepted and acted upon provided further proceedings in relation to such assessments are pending in the statutory hierarchy of adjudication in terms of the provisions of the IT Act. In all such situations, it cannot be treated that a return filed at any stage of such proceedings could be treated as non est in law and invalid for the purpose of deciding exemption under Section 80P of the Act.”
The copy of the order is as under: