Excess share of land received by assessee in executing of partition deed with co-owner can’t be taxed u/s 28: ITAT

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Income-tax Act 1961 - Business income

Case details: ITO v. Undavalli Constructions - [2021] 131 taxmann.com 204 (Visakhapatnam - Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • N.K. Choudhry, Judicial Member and D.S. Sunder Singh, Accountant Member
    • D.K. Sonowal, CIT (DR) for the Appellant. 
    • G.V.N. Hari, AR for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

The assessee was a partnership firm engaged in the business of construction. It, along with another firm, had purchased land with equal contribution of investment. The land was retained for 34 months, and then the assessee and co-owner entered into a partition deed. In partition, the assessee got excess land than the co-owner.

The Assessing Officer (AO) believed that the excess land received by the assessee was the extra benefit received, and the same was chargeable under section 28(iv). However, on appeal, the CIT(A) reversed the order of AO. Aggrieved-AO filed the instant appeal before the Tribunal.

ITAT Held

The Tribunal held that land was purchased as a capital asset by the assessee and co-owner and remained a capital asset until the partition. The asset was shown in the balance sheet as a capital asset and not stock-in-trade. Further, there was no business activity carried on by the co-owners.

The said land was converted into stock-in-trade by the assessee after the partition, and this fact was established by the assessee as per the sanction order for conversion of land, which was obtained from the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation.

After taking the land on the partition, the assessee sold the property after the development and declared the average sale value of certain amount, which was more than the value adopted by the AO. Thus, there was no loss of revenue for dept.

Accordingly, the excess area of land received by the assessee by entering into the partition deed was not taxable under section 28(iv).

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