No concealment penalty if an amount is excluded from head PGBP and taxed as unexplained income: ITAT

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Penalty - For concealment of income (Furnishing of inaccurate particulars)

Case Details: Deepak Wadhwa v. ACIT, - [2021] 131 taxmann.com 205 (Delhi - Trib.)

Judiciary and Counsel Details

    • H.S. Sidhu, Judicial Member and Anadee Nath Misshra, Accountant Member
    • Rajesh Mahna and Mayank Kauth, Advs. for the Appellant. 
    • Rajesh Kumar, Sr. DR for the Respondent.

Facts of the Case

Assessee filed return of income on 15-10-2010 declaring income of Rs. 59.67 lakhs. The returned income was accepted by revenue, and the same was not selected for scrutiny. However, subsequently, proceedings under section 147 were started by issue of notice under section 148.

Assessee once again filed a copy of the earlier return file on 15-10-2010 and showed a returned income of Rs. 59.67 lakhs. In the assessment order passed by Assessing Officer, an amount of Rs. 6.62 lakhs was excluded from head ‘profits and gains of business and profession’ (PGBP) and was added under section 68.

Assessing Officer levied penalty under section 271(1)(c), holding that assessee had furnished inaccurate particulars of income. On appeal, the CIT(A) confirmed the order of AO. Aggrieved-assessee filed the instant appeal before the Tribunal.

ITAT Held

The Delhi Tribunal held that the effect of the Assessment Order was that the head under which an amount of Rs. 6.62 lakhs was assessed, changed from income under “PGBP” to addition under section 68. However, the overall assessed income of the assessee was the same as shown in the original return.The AO as well as the Ld. CIT(A) had failed to make out a case for levy of concealment penalty. They had been unable to show how the allegation of furnishing of inaccurate particulars of income could be said to have resulted in tax sought to be evaded by the assessee when assessed income was the same as returned income.

The allegation that the assessee had the bogus income or bogus credit was pointless because the corresponding amount was already included in the returned income of the assessee. There must be some tax sought to be evaded by the assessee to impose penalty u/s 271(1)(c).

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