ITAT allows 314 days Delay in submitting Form No. 10CCB
Facts and Issue of the Case
The Present appeal filed by the appellant, M/s. Atlantic Bio Medical Pvt. Ltd. challenging the impugned order passed by Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals), Delhi (hereinafter referred to as CIT(A)] dismissing the appeal of the assessee without going into the merits on ground of delay of 314 days in filing the appeal on the ground that assessee has failed to bring on record any sufficient cause to condone the delay.
Assessee by moving an application supported with affidavit filed by Mr. Varun Ravi Vazirani sought to condone the delay of 314 days in filing the appeal before the Ld. CIT(A) on the grounds inter alia that the Board of Director of the company used to do outsource accounting and tax relating work from Mr. Dhananjay Vishwakarma for the last 20 years who has opened a separate e-mail ID i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org for the record of Income Tax Department and provided the same on the e-filing portal of the company; that all the notices and orders relating to any income tax matters sent by the Income Tax Department have been received by the accountant on the said e-mail ID; that intimation order dated 30.10.2018 was passed in the case of the assessee for A.Y. 2017-18 by disallowing the claim of deduction under section 80IC of the Income Tax Act (for short ‘the Act’) and expenses under section 43B of the Act, which was sent by CPC on 31.10.2018 on e-mail ID “email@example.com” provided by the accountant; that only in the last week of January 2019 accountant informed the assessee regarding intimation order under section 143(1) of the Act denying the deduction under section 80IC of the Act and making disallowance under section 43B merely for non filing of the Form 10CCB electronically along with the return of income; that accountant informed the assessee that he has filed the return of income and the audit report well within time and he has also obtained Form 10CCB before the due date of filing the return of income, but he was under bonafide belief that the same is to be filed manually with the Assessing Officer (AO) as and when required and as such did not file the same electronically along with the return of income. Hence, the delay in filing the appeal is not deliberate nor due to any malafide intention but under the bonafide belief of the accountant.
However, on the other hand, the Ld. D.R. for the Revenueopposed the application for condonation of delay on the ground that the late filing of appeals in this case is apparently malafide due to callous attitude of the assessee and prayed for dismissal of the application.
Observation by the Court
The court have heard the Ld. Authorised Representatives of the parties to the appeal, perused the orders passed by the Ld. Lower Revenue Authorities and documents available on record in the light of the facts and circumstances of the case and law applicable thereto.
Bare perusal of the submissions made by the assessee by way of affidavit seeking condonation of delay shows that the assesse had undisputedly filed the return of income electronically but under bonafide belief that the Form 10CCB was to be filed manually with the AO as and when required thus failed to file the same electronically along with the return of income. No doubt ignorance of law is no excuse but keeping in view the fact that it was first year of filing the return of income along with Form 10CCB electronically and due to human error and under bonafide belief assessee has failed to file the same electronically which was well within their notice.
So the court are of the considered view that assessee has brought on record sufficient causes to condone the delay of 314 days in filing the appeal, which is accordingly condoned as the assessee has the right to be heard on merits. So in these circumstances, the court hereby condone the delay of 314 days in filing the appeal by the assessee before the Ld. CIT(A) and consequently present appeal is being remitted back to Ld. CIT(A) to decide afresh on merits after providing opportunity of being heard to the assessee.
The appeal filed by assesse is allowed by court for statistical purpose.Atlantic-Bio-Medical-Pvt.-Ltd-Vs-DCIT-ITAT-Mumbai