Sunday, December 25, 2011

Can the valuation done by any authority of the State Government for the purpose

Can the valuation done by any authority of the State Government for the purpose of payment of stamp duty in respect of land or building be taken as actual sale consideration received by the purchaser?

CIT v. Chandni Buchar (2010) 323 ITR 0510 (Pun.& Har.)

The Assessing Officer added the difference between purchase price disclosed in the sale deed and purchase price of the property adopted for the purpose of paying the stamp duty to the total income of the assessee as income from unexplained sources. The Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) deleted this addition by holding that section 50C is a deeming provision for the purpose of bringing to tax the difference as capital gain. Further, he also held that in the absence of any legally acceptable evidence, valuation done for the purpose of section 50C would not represent actual consideration passed on to the seller. The Tribunal also held that valuation done by any State agency for the purpose of stamp duty would not ipso facto substitute the actual sale consideration as being passed on to the seller by the purchaser in the absence of any admissible evidence. The Assessing Officer is obliged to bring on record positive evidence indicating the fact that the assessee has paid anything more than the sum disclosed in the purchase deed. In this case, the assessee has discharged the burden of proving the sale consideration as projected in the sale deed by producing original bank statement.

The High Court, therefore, held that the view taken by the Tribunal while accepting the order of the Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) does not suffer from any legal infirmity.

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