Benefit of concessional rate of tax u/s 115BAA can not be denied on the premise that assessee has to file Form No. 10IC for each assessment year
ABCAUS Case Law Citation:
ABCAUS 3807 (2023) (09) ITAT
In the instant case, the assessee had challenged the order passed by the National Faceless Appeal Centre (NFAC in confirming the denial of the benefit of concessional rate of tax, as per the provisions of section 115BAA of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the Act).
The short issue involved in the present appeal was related to applicability of concessional rate of tax as provided under section 115BAA of the Act.
The appellant assessee was a resident corporate entity engaged in providing Information Technology Enabled Services (‘ITES’) in the nature of customer relationship management services.
For the year under dispute, the assessee had filed its return of income under section 139(1) of the Act. The assessee had computed its taxable liability and paid tax, including interest and surcharge by applying the provisions of section 115BAA of the Act.
The return of income filed by the assessee was processed by the Centralized Processing Centre (CPC). In the intimation issued under section 143(1) of the Act to the assessee, the CPC computed the tax liability of the assessee by denying the benefit of concessional rate of tax, as per the provisions of section 115BAA of the Act.
Challenging such computation of tax liability by the CPC, the assessee preferred an appeal before the first appellate authority. However, the first appellate authority dismissed the appeal of the assessee by holding that since the assessee had not exercised a fresh option under section 115BAA of the Act for the assessment year under dispute, it was not entitled to claim the benefit of concessional rate of tax under the said provision.
The Tribunal observed as per section 115BAA of the Act, which begins with a non-obstante clause, from the assessment year 2020-21 a domestic company can opt for concessional rate of tax at the rate of 22% subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. In terms with the aforesaid provision, the assessee exercised its option under section 115BAA by furnishing Form 10IC and the benefit of section 115BAA was granted to the assessee for the preceding assessment year.
The Tribunal further observed that in the impugned assessment year, the CPC and the first appellate authority had denied the benefit under section 115BAA simply for the reason that the assessee had not filed fresh Form 10IC, exercising its option for concessional rate of tax for the impugned assessment year.
The Tribunal opined that denial of the benefit u/s 115BAA was totally irrational and militates against the statutory provisions. The second proviso to section 115BAA(5) makes it abundantly clear that once option for concessional tax regime under section 115BAA is exercised for any previous year, it cannot be subsequently withdrawn for the same or any other previous year.
The Tribunal noted that even the department has issued a FAQ clearly stating that if an assessee has opted for concessional rate of tax once, it shall apply to subsequent assessment years and cannot be withdrawn. Even, in the instructions issued by the Departmental for filing Form ITR 6, it has been specifically mentioned that Form 10IC is required to be filed only in the first year wherein concessional rate of taxes was opted for the first time by an assessee.
The Tribunal pointed out that not only the statutory provisions, but the clarifications issued by the Department from time to time clearly states that the assessee seeking benefit under concessional rate of tax under section 115BAA has to exercise its option in Form 10IC only once in the initial assessment year, wherein, he intends to avail the benefit, and thereafter, there is no need for exercising the option again.
That Tribunal held that the Departmental Authorities had gone completely wrong in denying he benefit of concessional rate of tax under section 115BAA to the assessee on the misconceived notion that the assessee again has to file Form No. 10IC for the impugned assessment year.
Accordingly, the Tribunal set aside the order of the first appellate authority and directed Assessing Officer to allow assessee’s claim of concessional rate of tax under section 115BAA of the Act, after factual verification.
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