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Deemed Dividend cannot be held where loans & advances are given in normal course of business: ITAT

Deemed Dividend cannot be held where loans & advances are given in normal course of business: ITAT

The solitary ground raised by the Revenue is that the Ld. CIT(A) erred in law in deleting addition of Rs. 10,58,50,000/- made by the AO under Section 2(22)(e) of the Act.

The brief facts of the case is this that the assessee is engaged in manufacturing, trading import and export of high end Organic vegetarian foods. For the A.Y. 2012-13 the assessee filed its return of income on 29.09.2012 declaring a loss of Rs. (-)6,88,53,879/-. The return was processed under Section 143(1) and then taken for scrutiny assessment. During the course of assessment the AO found that the assessee has received loan from Entrack International Pvt. Ltd. one of the shareholder of the assessee Shri Dilip R Doshi has holding shares in assessee company of 98.76% and in Entrack International Trading Pvt. Ltd.59.17% of the shares. The loan has accepted by the assessee company from Entrack International Trading Pvt. Ltd. was Rs. 10,58,50,000/-. The assessee claimed before the AO the loan is nothing but inter corporate deposit from the sister concern since the assessee cannot deposit these monies in bank deposits, when the sister concerns is badly in need of money.

The AO rejected the contention of the assessee and treated the inter corporate deposit as loan and consequently treated as deemed dividend under Section 2(22)(e) of the Act and accordingly computed tax thereon.

Aggrieved against the same the assessee filed an appeal before the Ld. CIT(A).

The assessee submitted before the Ld. CIT(A) that the assessee company has accepted inter corporate deposit of Rs. 10.58 crores from Entrack International Pvt. Ltd. (EIPL). EIPL was interested in placing the surplus fund with the assessee company as banker would not interest in taking short-term deposit. The assessee company furnished the share holding pattern of EIPL, from the verification of the share holding pattern of the lender company, it is found that the assessee company did not hold any shares in the EIPL. Thus, to attract the provisions of deemed dividend it is pre-requisite that the assessee company should be a registered shareholder of the lender company. Therefore, the provisions of Section 2(22)(e) is not attracted. Thus, the AO erred in making addition under Section 2(22)(e) which is against the law.

 The Ld. CIT(A) deleted the addition made by the AO and allowing the grounds raised by the assessee.

Appeal with ITAT

Aggrieved against the same the Revenue is in appeal before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) raising that the CIT(A) erred in deleting the addition of Rs. 10,58,50,000/- made by the AO under Section 2(22)(e) of the Act. The Ld. D.R. appearing for the Revenue could not contravent that the assessee herein hold any shares in EIPL and also conceded that the provisions of Section 2(22)(e) cannot be invoked in the present case.

ITAT Order

Recording the both submissions, ITAT rejected the grounds of appeal raised by the Revenue. ITAT Quoted order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the case of the CIT vs. Madhur Housing Development & Co., reported in (2018) 93 taxmann.com 502 (SC) which reads as under:

“where loans and advances are given in normal course of business and transaction in question benefits both payer and payee companies, provisions of section 2(22)(e) cannot be invoked – Whether judgment of High Court was to be agreed with – Held, yes [Para 10] [In favour of assessee]”

With this Appeal of revenue was dismissed.

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