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Commissioner of Agricultural Income-tax Vs. Ouchterloney Valley Estates (1938) Ltd. - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectDirect Taxation
CourtChennai High Court
Decided On
Case NumberTax Case No. 366 of 1969 (Revision No. 241 of 1969)
Judge
Reported in[1975]101ITR268(Mad)
ActsTamil Nadu Agricultural Income Tax Act, 1955 - Sections 5
AppellantCommissioner of Agricultural Income-tax
RespondentOuchterloney Valley Estates (1938) Ltd.
Appellant AdvocateK. Venkataswami, First Assistant Government Pleader
Respondent AdvocateS.V. Subramaniam, Adv. for ;Subbaraya Aiyer, ;Sethuraman and Padmanabhan
Cases Referred and State of Madras v. Balmadies Plantations Ltd.
Excerpt:
- .....it pertains to the bonus payable to the staff and labour pertaining to the relevant accounting year.' in view of this finding, the tribunal upheld the claim of the assessee. we see no justification to differ from the viewtaken by the tribunal in this regard. the tribunal specifically finds that the entire amount has been set apart and provided for payment of the bonus to the staff and labour in relation to the relevant accounting year. the learned counsel for the revenue would, however, put forward a further contention before us, which was not, however, urged before the tribunal. it is contended that when there is a specific provision in section 5(1) giving allowance for bonus paid to the workers, the bonus paid to the staff which will not come under section 5(1) cannot be brought.....
Judgment:

Ramanujam, J.

1. The case arises under the Madras Agricultural Income-tax Act. The assessee in this case was assessed under the said Act for the assessment year 1966-67, and its income for the assessment year was determined at Rs. 11,61,925.78 which was set off against losses of the earlier years. In determining the said income, the Agricultural Income-tax Officer disallowed certain items. In this case we are concerned only with two items, viz i (1) staff and labour bonus to the extent of Rs 1,25,000, and (2) the deduction claimed by the assessee under Section 80E of the Central Income-tax Act. The disallowance was questioned by the assessee by filing an appeal before the Tribunal. The Tribunal upheld the assessee's claim. The revenue. questions the correctness of the view taken by the Tribunal in this revision.

2. The assessee, for the period ended March 31, 1966, created a provision for payment of bonus to the staff and labourers, relevant to the assessment year, of an amount of Rs. 1,25,000. During the year they paid a bonus of Rs. 1,04,935.87 to the employees for the year 1964. The entire claim of Rs. 1,25,000 was disallowed by the assessing authority on the ground that the expenditure had not actually been incurred by the assessee in connection with the business in the relevant accounting year. But it is not in dispute that the provision for payment of bonus was made during the year though it was actually disbursed later. The Tribunal went into the question as to whether the amount set apart for payment of bonus is, in any way, inflated and ultimately said, 'we have no suspicion that the 'provision made during the year is, in any way, inflated, and it is also clear that it pertains to the bonus payable to the staff and labour pertaining to the relevant accounting year.' In view of this finding, the Tribunal upheld the claim of the assessee. We see no justification to differ from the viewtaken by the Tribunal in this regard. The Tribunal specifically finds that the entire amount has been set apart and provided for payment of the bonus to the staff and labour in relation to the relevant accounting year. The learned counsel for the revenue would, however, put forward a further contention before us, which was not, however, urged before the Tribunal. It is contended that when there is a specific provision in Section 5(1) giving allowance for bonus paid to the workers, the bonus paid to the staff which will not come under Section 5(1) cannot be brought under the residuary provision in Section 5(1). But a similar contention has been negatived by this court in State of Madras v. Glenburn Estates Ltd. : [1962]44ITR643(Mad) . and State of Madras v. Balmadies Plantations Ltd. : (1960)2MLJ499 . In view of those decisions, the contention that Section 5(e) cannot be invoked in respect of bonus paid to the staff cannot be accepted.

3. The next item in dispute relates to the allowance in relation to the deduction claimed under Section 80E of the Central Income-tax Act. The Tribunal has held that the assessee is entitled to the benefit, of the said provision in Section 80E even in respect of proceedings for assessment under the Madras Agricultural Income-tax Act. The view taken by the Tribunal is in accord with the view taken by this court on the point in Commissioner of Agricultural Income-tax v. Periakaramalai Tea and Produce Co. Ltd. : [1972]84ITR643(Mad) . In view of that decision, the Tribunal's view cannot be taken exception to.

4. The result is, the tax case is dismissed with costs. Counsel's fee Rs. 150.


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