ITO Vs. THODUPUZHA URBAN CO OPERATIVE BANK LTD
HIGH COURT OF KERALA
THODUPUZHA URBAN CO-OPERATIVE BANK LTD.
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(1.) W.A. No. 1788 of 1998
The Income Tax Department has come up with this appeal against the judgment in O.P. No.17082/1997. That petition was filed by five Cooperative Societies, when they were faced with a notice from the appellant to deduct the income tax out of the interest paid by them on time deposits, in respect of every payment exceeding Rs.10,000/-. at the relevant point of time. The learned Single Judge as per the impugned judgment, quashed the notices holding that going by the provisions contained in S.194A(3)(viia)(a) of the Income tax Act, for short 'the Act', the writ petitioners were not liable to deduct income tax at source in respect of the interest so paid, as sub-s.(3) exempts them from the coverage of sub-s.(1) of S.194A of the Act.
(2.) Aggrieved by the judgment, this appeal is filed only against the 4th petitioner in O.P. No.17082/1997, namely, the Thodupuzha Urban Cooperative Bank Ltd. No.394, Thodupuzha, Idukki District, represented by the Secretary.
(3.) Sub-s.3 of S.194A of the Act makes it clear that "the provisions of sub-s.(1) shall not apply" in respect of several situations mentioned under that clause. Admittedly, sub-s.(1) of S.194A cast the liability on all those institutions other than individuals and Hindu Undivided Family to deduct income tax at source, when such institutions pay interest on deposits exceeding the prescribed limit. Sub-s.(3)(viia) reads as follows:
"(3) The provisions of sub-s.(1) shall not apply -
(viia) to such income credited or paid in respect of -
(a) deposits with a primary agricultural credit society or a primary credit society or a cooperative land mortgage bank or a cooperative land development bank;
(b) deposits (other than time deposits made on or after the 1st day of July, 1995) with a cooperative society, other than a cooperative society or bank referred to in sub cl.(a), engaged in carrying on the business of banking."
The result will be that interest paid on time deposits by a cooperative society, other than a cooperative society or bank referred to in sub cl.(a), engaged in carrying on the business of banking will be covered by sub-s.(1), and therefore, will be liable to deduct income tax.;
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