Form No. 10B must be submitted by the deadline outlined in Section 44AB beginning on or before January 1, 2020
Fact and issue of the case
The assessee has filed this appeal challenging the order dated 13.5.2022 passed by learned CIT(A), National Faceless Appeal Centre, Delhi and it relates to A.Y. 2015-16. The assessee is aggrieved by the decision of learned CIT(A) in confirming the rejection of deduction claimed under section 11(1)(a) of the I.T. Act.
The Facts relating to the above said issue are stated in brief. The assessee is a charitable trust registered both with Charity Commissioner and also under Income Tax Act. For the year under consideration, the assessee filed its return of income belatedly on 30.3.20 17. The assessee also filed audit report in Form 10B on 30.3.2017 itself, i.e. along with the return of income. Since the audit report was filed belatedly beyond the due date prescribed u/s 139(1) of the Act, the Assessing Officer rejected the claim for deduction under section 11 of the Act, being the amount of Rs.7,74,590/- that could be accumulated under section 11(1) (a) of the Act
Before learned CIT(A), the assessee submitted that the deduction claimed under section 1 1(1)(a) of the Act is a general deduction allowed under the provisions of Act. It was submitted that the Act does not prescribe any time limit for filing audit report in Form 10B during the year under consideration. The assessee further submitted that the mandatory time limit with regard to filing of Form No. 10, which relates to accumulation of income under section 11(2) of the Act, was inserted only w.e.f. 1.4.20 16. The said provision is not applicable for the deduction claimed u/s 11 (1)(a) of the Act. The Learned CIT(A) was not convinced with the contentions of the assessee. He held that the provisions of Rule 17B and Rule 12(2) of the IT Rules require filing of audit report in form No. 10B electronically along with return of income. The Learned CIT(A) also referred to Circular No.10/2019 dated 22.5.2019 issued by CBDT, wherein CBDT has prescribed the procedure for condoning the delay in filing Form No. 1 0B of the Act for the years prior to AY 2018-19. Accordingly, the learned CIT(A) expressed the view that the assessee should seek condonation in filing Form 10B before learned CIT(Exemption) and accordingly held that the remedy does not lie before him. Accordingly, he dismissed the appeal of the assessee.
Aggrieved, the assessee has filed this appeal before the Tribunal.
Observation of the court
Tribunal has heard the rival contentions and perused the record. From the assessment order, we noticed that the assessee has filed audit report in Form 10B electronically alongwith the return of income on 30.3.20 17. The assessment year under consideration is A.Y. 2015-16 and the due date prescribed for filing return belatedly under section 139(4) is on 31.3.2017. The assessee has filed return on 30.3.20 17. The AO has passed the assessment order on the above said belated return filed by the assessee. We noticed earlier that the AO has rejected the claim for exemption u/s 1 1(1)(a) of the Act on the reasoning that the assessee has filed audit report in Form 10B belatedly.
The assessee brought to our notice that provisions of section 12A(1)(b) of the Act, which deals with the filing of audit report in Form 10B, have been amended w.e.f. 1.4.2020.
In the instant case, we noticed earlier that the assessee has filed audit report in Form No. 10B along with the return of income filed on 30.3.2017. We noticed that the requirement of filing audit report before the date prescribed in sec.44AB has been brought into the statute only w.e.f 1.4.2020, i.e., from AY 2020-21. Accordingly, in the assessment year under consideration, viz., AY 2015-16, the requirement under the Act was to file audit report along with the return of income. Accordingly, in our view, the assessee has complied with the conditions prescribed in sec. 12(1)(b) by furnishing audit report along with the return of income.
In view of the above said discussions, in our view, both the Assessing Officer and Ld CIT(A) were not justified in rejecting the claim for deduction under section 1 1(1)(a) of the Act. Accordingly, we set aside the order passed by learned CIT(A) and direct the Assessing Officer to allow deduction under section 11(1) (a) of the Act.
In the result, appeal filed by the assessee is allowed.
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The tribunal has ruled in favour of the assessee and dismiss the appeal