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I-T dept warns salaried taxpayers against under-reporting income

PTI New Delhi | Updated on April 19, 2018 Published on April 19, 2018

Fraudulent claims “may be punishable under provisions of the I-T Act and this may also delay issuance of refunds.”

Investigation wing unearths racket of extracting fraudulent tax refunds by employees of bellwether IT cos

The Income Tax Department on Wednesday cautioned salaried class taxpayers against using illegal means like under-reporting of income or “inflating” deductions while filing their returns, stating violators will be prosecuted and their employers will be intimated to take action against them.

The Central Processing Centre (CPC) of the department in Bengaluru, that receives and processes the Income Tax Returns (ITRs), has issued an advisory specifying such taxpayers should not “fall prey” to unscrupulous tax advisors or planners who help them in preparing wrong claims to get tax benefits.

Calling it a “cautionary advisory” on reports of tax evasion by under-reporting of income or inflating deductions or exemptions by salaried taxpayers, the department said such attempts “aided and abetted by unscrupulous intermediaries have been noted with concern”.

“Such offences are punishable under various penal and prosecution provisions of the Income Tax Act,” it said.

Fradulent tax refunds

The advisory comes in the backdrop of the investigation wing of the department, in January, unearthing a racket of extracting fraudulent tax refunds by employees of bellwether information technology companies based in Bengaluru, in alleged connivance with a tax advisor. The CBI recently registered a criminal case to probe this nexus.

The tax filing season for salaried class taxpayers has just begun with the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), that frames policy for the department, recently notifying the new ITRs. The one-page advisory added that if the department notices any fraudulent claims in their ITRs, such claims “may be punishable under provisions of the IT Act and this may also delay issuance of their refunds.”

The advisory added that the department possesses an “extensive risk analysis system” that is aimed at identifying persons who are non-compliant and aim to subvert the trust based-system “envisioned” while processing of ITRs at the CPC, which it said is automated and devoid of any human interface.

“In all such cases of high risk , the department may examine and verify the details submitted by taxpayers in their ITR subsequent to the processing of returns,” it said.

Published on April 19, 2018
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