Section 80P does not differentiate between income from long-term and short-term investments
Fact and issue of the case
Learned DR at this stage submitted that the assessee in fact has also derived interest income from deposits made in various banks. This latter limb of interest income derived from cooperative banks also is found to have been adjudicated in assessee’s favour as per this tribunal’s recent coordinate bench’s order in case of Shri Chandraprabhu Urban Co-operative Credit Society Ltd., vs. ITO ITA.Nos.61 & 62/PAN/2018 decided on 10.05.2022 reading as follows :
The appellant through various grounds of appeal as well as the additional grounds of appeal raised the solitary issue in the present appeal is that the eligibility of exemption of income received from BDCC Bank and other banks under the provisions of section 80P(2)(d) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’).
Briefly, the facts of the case are as under :-
The appellant is a co-operative bank formed with the object of providing credit facilities to its members. The appellant filed the return of income for the assessment 2012-1 3 on 30.09.2012 declaring total income of Rs.Nil. Against the said return of income, the assessment was completed by the Income Tax Officer, Nipani (‘the Assessing Officer’) vide order dated 20.11.2014 passed u/s 143(3) of the Act at a total income of Rs.45,43,916/-. While doing so, the Assessing Officer had denied the exemption u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) by holding that the appellant society is a co-operative bank rejecting the contention of the appellant that it is not a co-operative bank but merely a co-operative society as it does not enjoy any banking license nor granted any license to do the banking business by the Reserve Bank of India. It is only engaged in accepting the deposits from its members and lending to its members. The Assessing Officer also made addition of Rs. 1,26,610/- under the provisions of section 40(a)(ia) of the Act.
Being aggrieved by the above assessment order, an appeal was filed before the ld. CIT(A), who vide impugned order held that the appellant is not a co-operative bank but a mere co-operative society carrying on the business of providing credit facilities to its members. The ld. CIT(A) also held that the appellant is eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) of the Act.
As regards to the interest received from other co-operative bank or schedule private bank, the ld. CIT(A) held that the appellant society is eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(d) in respect of interest received from co-operative societies on short term deposits, SB A/c, but not interest on long term investment or deposits for period more than one year. The ld. CIT(A) also directed the Assessing Officer to delete the addition u/s 40(a)(ia) by holding that the appellant society is not liable to deduct tax at source.
Being aggrieved by the decision of the ld. CIT(A) that the interest earned on long term investments or deposits for period more than one year to be treated as income from other sources and not eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(a)(i) or section 80P(2)(d) of the Act, the appellant is in appeal before us.
It is submitted on behalf of the appellant that the provisions of income-tax does not provide for any distinction between long term and short term investments that any income received by the co-operative society from another co-operative society is eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(d) of the Act.
On the other hand, ld. Sr. DR placed reliance on the order of the ld. CIT(A).
Observation of the court
We heard the rival submissions and perused the material on record. The solitary issue in the present appeal relates to the eligibility of exemption of income received from BDCC Bank and other banks under the provisions of section 80P(2)(d) of the Act. The ld. CIT(A) was of the opinion that the interest earned on long term investments i.e. deposits for period of more than one year received from BDCC Bank and other banks is not eligible for exemption u/s 80P(2)(d) of the Act. The CIT(A) gave a specific finding vide sub-para (e) of para 11 of the impugned order that the appellant being a co-operative society is eligible for deduction u/s 80P(2)(d) on interest received from another co- operative society.
I, therefore, treat the assessee is eligible for the impugned sec.80P deduction in very terms.
No other ground or argument has been pressed before md during the course of hearing.
This assessee’s appeal is allowed in above terms.
Order pronounced in the open court on 24.0 1.2023.
In the result, appeal of the assessee is allowed and ruled in favour of the assessee
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