Bangalore Tax Tribunal has upheld that the provisions of section 195 which mandates for deduction of taxes on payment made to Non Residents would apply, even if the property is being sold by way of general power of attorney executed in favour of a resident in India.
The Facts of Case is as below :
An assessee purchased a property for a total consideration of Rs. 1.20 crores, and one of the co-owners (sellers) of said property was a non-resident. She had given a General Power of Attorney (GPA) to other co-owner who was a resident of India.Â The resident co-owner executed the sale deed in favour of the assessee for herself and as GPA holder of non-resident co-owner.
In the course of assessment, the Assessing Officer opined that since one of the co-owners was a non-resident, the assessee was required to deduct tax at source under section 195 while making payment of sale consideration to her.On assessee’s failure to deduct tax at source, the Assessing Officer treated the assessee as ‘assessee in default’ within meaning of section 201(1).Â The Commissioner (Appeals) upheld the order of Assessing Officer.
However, on the second appeal, the authorities stated that it is not in dispute that co-owners were entitled to half share each over the property that was sold to the assessee. In fact, the sale deed clearly acknowledges the receipt of sale consideration of Rs. 1.20 crore by both the vendors in equal shares. The share of each of the vendors would, therefore, be Rs. 60 lakhs. To the extent of Rs. 60 lakhs paid to non-resident co-owner, the provisions of section 195 are attracted and the assessee ought to have deducted tax at source while making payments to her.
Therefore, it is held that the assessee can be considered as an ‘assessee in default’ only to the extent of Rs. 60 lakhs paid to the non-resident.Â Â Click here to download the full decision.
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