Monday, March 20, 2017

SC to decide whether minor delay in furnishing Form 27C would make seller liable for no-collection of TCS; admits SLP

Assessing Officer made additions on the ground that the assessee had breached section 206C(1) as he failed to timely submit buyer’s declaration for non-collection of TCS in Form-27C. CIT(A) and the Tribunal ruled in favour of assessee.

On further appeal by the revenue, the High court held as under:-

a) Section 206C(1A) provides that the liability to collect TCS u/s 206C(1) does not arise if the buyer has furnished tax declaration in Form-27C to the Commissioner.

b) Section 206C(1A) itself does not provide for any time limit within which, such declaration is to be made. The main thrust of sub-section (1A) of section 206C is to make a declaration as prescribed, upon which the liability to collect tax at source under sub-section (1) would not apply.

c) When there was no dispute about such a declaration being filed in a prescribed format and there was no dispute about the genuineness of such declaration, mere minor delay in filing the said declaration would not defeat the very claim. Aggrieved by the order of the High Court, revenue filed Special Leave Petition (SLP)
before the Supreme Court. Now, the apex court has admited SLP against High Court's ruling. [2017] 78 taxmann.com 295 (SC)
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