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June 23, 2023

In order to verify and grant credit for dividend tax payment, ITAT instructs AO

In order to verify and grant credit for dividend tax payment, ITAT instructs AO

Fact and issue of the case

The captioned appeal has been filed by the Assessee against the order of the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)-NFAC, Delhi (‘CIT(A)’ in short) dated 27.07.2022 arising from the assessment order dated 16.04.2021 passed by the Assessing Officer (AO) under Section 143(3) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the Act) concerning AY 2018-19

The grounds of appeal raised by the assessee read as under

The learned Assessing Officer has erred on facts and in law by raising a demand of Rs.15,87,620/- towards dividend distribution tax under section 115O for which the requisite payment was made on time and proof of payment was summited

On the facts and circumstances of case and in law, ld . CIT(Appeal) through NFAC has erred in not allowing the payment of Dividend Distribution Tax u/s. 115O on the pretest of clerical error mentioned in the challan

When the matter was called for hearing, the assessee submitted that the demand has been raised by the Assessing Officer towards dividend distribution tax amounting to Rs.15,87,620/- for Assessment Year 2018-19 in question. In this context, the assessee submitted that the Assessing Officer has not given the credit towards dividend distribution tax paid to the extent of Rs.11,10,225/-. It is submitted on behalf of the assessee that the dividend distribution tax payable under Section 115O on dividend declared during the Financial Year 2017-18 was paid on 13.06.2017. However while making payment of such amount, the assessment year was wrongly mentioned in the challan is Assessment Year 2017-18 instead of correct Assessment Year 2018­19. The assessee submitted that all these facts were placed before the CIT(A) but however the CIT(A) strictly went by the details put in the challan reflecting Assessment Year 2017-18 and therefore, declined to give any credit for payment claimed against the challan in respect of Assessment Year 2018­19 in question. In the matter, the ld. counsel for the assessee submitted that the taxes to the extent of Rs.11,10,225/- has been duly paid to the coffers of the Government albeit mentioning incorrect assessment year in the challan and therefore, credit should be given for such payments in relation to Assessment Year 2018-19. The mistake committed by the Assessee towards incorrect mentioning of assessment year should be corrected by the Appellate Authorities

On being inquired by the Bench, the ld. counsel submitted that the credit for such challan has not been taken in any other assessment year and the assessee is willing to file the affidavit and the indemnity bond in this regard and also such other declaration as may be called upon by the Revenue to assign credit in correct AY 2018-19

Observation of the court

In the light of the submissions made on behalf of the assessee, the matter is restored back to the file of the Assessing Officer to provide one more opportunity to Assessee and for re-examination of the issue by the Assessing Officer. The Assessing Officer shall grant credit for taxes paid, in accordance with provisions of law, where the authority concerned is duly satisfied about appropriate recovery of tax and after taking due safeguards on any possible misuse of the e-challan purportedly bearing incorrect assessment year. It shall be open to the Assessee to place relevant facts and position of law before the Assessing Officer to enable him to perform his quasi judicial function in accordance with law

In the result, the appeal of the assessee is allowed for statistical purposes

Order pronounced in the open Court on 23/05/2023


In the result, appeal of the assessee is allowed and ruled in favour of the assessee

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