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Search for tax evaders

G.N. Pande in Calcutta on Wednesday. Picture by Kishor Roy Chowdhury

Calcutta, March 5: Tax authorities may soon send notice to about 2,000 individuals in Bengal who have not submitted their returns as part of a drive to tap defaulters.

Defaulters have been identified through their personal accounts number (PAN), G.N. Pande, chief commissioner of Income Tax (Calcutta 1), said. There were 50,552 individuals in the state, who have not submitted their returns.

“Of this, letters have been sent to 48,553 individuals and about 25,784 tax payers have paid their dues,” he said at an event at the MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“This is an ongoing process of the department in co-ordination with the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Those who are yet to receive letters will soon get them,” an I-T department official said.

The income tax department has identified 21.75 lakh tax payers who have not filed their returns across the country. It has started a search operation with a focus on eight cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune.

Officials hoped to attain the overall direct tax collection target of Rs 6.36 lakh crore by March. As of February, gross collection of direct taxes was Rs 5,44,891 crore, which stood at Rs 4,65,998 crore after refunds.

Pande said officials of its investigation wing would coordinate with the Election Commission as the moral code of conduct had come into force from today.

 
 
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