Govt Securities are classifiable under the AFS category: ITAT confirms Deduction allowed for Loss of Government Securities

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The Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Vishakhapatnam bench has held that Government Securities are classifiable under the “Available For Sale”(AFS)category and confirms the order of deduction allowed for loss of Government securities under the Income Tax Act 1961

The assessee is an Urban Bank Limited, which filed a return of income for the AY 2010-11 on 30/09/2010 declaring a total income of Rs. 8,72,100/-.  The Assessing Officer (AO) disallowed provisions for standard asset/NPA Reserve as per section 36(1)(viia) of the Act at Rs. 2,93, 452/-and added Loss on sale of Government Securities Rs. 5,66,869/-. CIT(A) allowed the loss on the sale of Government securities by the guidelines issued by the RBI. 

The AO argued that the excess deduction claimed should be disallowed due to the claim made by the assesses under 36(1)(viia)(a).It was stated that the assessee failed to disclose the sale and purchase of government securities in the P & L Account and the loss incurred under the sale of Government securities should be treated as a capital loss only.

The assessee contended thatan Urban Cooperative Bank is also a non-Scheduled Bank as per section 5 of the Banking Regulations Act, and the First proviso of 36(1)(viia)is applicable. Further, stated that the Government Securities were held under the category of “Available For Sale” and hence the loss after adjustment of the reserves already created in the earlier years is being debited to the P & L Account of the current year.

The Tribunal observed that “Cooperative Bank” is specifically excluded in the first proviso to sub-clause (a) of section 36(1)(viia) of the Act and upholds the order of AO.Investments in government securities were classified as the “Available for Sale” category and the impugned loss on sale of Government securities from the investments which were classified under the AFS category is of trading loss owing to the prescribed format of the RBI.

The Coram consists of Shri Duvvuru R L Reddy, Judicial Member and Shri S Balakrishnan, Accountant Member upheld the order of CIT(A) and dismissed the petition of revenue. The appeal made by revenue and cross objection by the assessee was partly allowed. Sri C. Subrahmanyam appeared on behalf of the assessee and Sri SPG Mudaliar appeared on behalf of revenue.

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Asst. Commissioner of Income Tax vs The Eluru Cooperative Urban Bank Limited

Counsel for Appellant:   Sri C. Subrahmanyam

Counsel for Respondent:   Sri SPG Mudaliar


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