|CORAM:||Mahavir Singh (JM)|
|SECTION(S):||199, Rule 37BA|
|CATCH WORDS:||Retrospective amendment, TDS credit|
|DATE:||September 2, 2014 (Date of pronouncement)|
|DATE:||October 16, 2014 (Date of publication)|
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|Rule 37BA (credit for TDS) inserted w.e.f. 01.04.2009 to mitigate hardship to taxpayers has to be treated as being retrospective in nature|
Rule 37BA of the Rules clearly mentions that credit for tax deducted at source and paid to the Central Government shall be given to the person provided that the deductee files a declaration with the deductor and the deductor reports
the tax deduction in the name of other person in the information relating to deduction of tax referred to in sub-rule (1) of Rule 37BA of the Rules. Further, sub-rule (3) of Rule 37BA of the Rules provides that for the purpose of giving credit in respect of tax deducted in term of provisions of Chapter XVII for the purpose of giving credit to a person other than those referred to in sub-section (1) and also the assessment year in which such credit may be given. In view of the above provision of section 37BA of the Rules and the provisions of section 199(1) of the Act, the credit for tax deduction could be given to the person from whose income tax has been deducted. The Rule as amended by the Amendment Rules, 2009 w.e.f. 01.04.2009 makes it abundantly clear that the credit will be given based on the information by deductor. The proviso to sub-rule (2) of Rule 37BA of the Rules mitigates the hardship faced by assessee for claiming credit of TDS whereby deductee files a declaration with the deductor and the deductor reports the tax deduction in the name of other person in the information relating to deduction of tax as referred to in sub-rule (1) of Rule 37BA of the Rules. In such provisions of law, the assessee should have been allowed credit for TDS in the given set of facts and circumstances of the case. The only issue is that the amended provision is applicable w.e.f. 01.04.2009 and the relevant assessment year involved is 2008-09. Whether the amended Rule as amended by Amendment Rules, 2009 is a beneficial provision mitigating the hardship of the assessee and in turn the same can be declared as retrospective and will apply to all pending matters. Similar issue was dealt by Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Allied Motors Pvt. Ltd. Vs. CIT (1997) 224 ITR 677 (SC), wherein it has been held that “the provisions of the first proviso, which has newly been inserted by the Finance Act, 1987, with effect from 1st April, 1998, to section 43B is remedial in nature, designed to eliminate unintended consequences which may cause undue hardship to the assessee and which made the provision unworkable or unjust in a specific situation, and is of clarificatory nature and, therefore, has to be treated as retrospective with effect from 1st April, 1984, the date on which section 43B has newly been inserted by the Finance Act, 1983.” Similarly, here also the Rule was inserted by the Amendment Rules, 2009 to remove the hardship faced by assessees and to give true meaning to the provision of section 199 of the Act. In such circumstances, I direct the AO to allow the credit of TDS after verifying declaration to be filed by deductee in term of proviso to sub-rule (2) of Rule 37BA of the Rules.
some positive action in relation to tax payer, good.
Excellent, particularly as its an ex-parte order.