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Don’t underreport income: I-T department

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Published : Apr 19, 2018, 2:15 am IST
Updated : Apr 19, 2018, 2:15 am IST

The advisory comes at a time when the I-T department had found that employees were submitting fake bills to lessen the tax burden.

The CPC Bangalore operates as a back office with no human interface with the taxpayer.
 The CPC Bangalore operates as a back office with no human interface with the taxpayer.

New Delhi: The Income-Tax (I-T) department has warned salaried tax-payers against under-reporting income or inflate deductions while filing returns as it is punishable under various penal and prosecution provisions.

In an advisory the I-T department said that it has from time to time issued advertisements requesting taxpayers to report their correct income in their Income-Tax Returns (ITRs).

The advisory comes at a time when the I-T department had found that employees were submitting fake bills to lessen the tax burden. “In this connection, the attempt salaried taxpayers to under-report income or inflate deductions aided and abetted by unscrupulous intermediaries has been noted with  concern. Such offences are punishable under various penal and prosecution provisions of the Income Tax Act,” said the advisory.

It pointed out that processing of ITRs by CPC-Bengaluru is done in an automated rule-based manner to ensure world class taxpayer services for issuance of refunds in an efficient manner.

The CPC Bangalore operates as a back office with no human interface with the taxpayer.

“The Income-Tax department has an extensive risk analysis system aimed at identifying persons who are non-compliant and aim to subvert the trust-based system envisioned while processing of ITRs at CPC Bengaluru,” said the department.  

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

“If the department notices any fraudulent claims in the returns, such tax payers may be punishable under various provisions of the Income-Tax Act. This may also delay issuance of refunds in such cases. Taxpayers are, therefore, strictly advised not to fall prey to false promises or mis-advice by unscrupulous intermediaries and submit wrong claims in their ITRs, which would be treated as cases of tax evasion,” it said.  

It warned that in the cases of such wrong claims by government or PSU employees, reference would be made to the concerned vigilance division for action under conduct rules. “Department may also prosecute the intermediaries and abettors under relevant sections of the Income-Tax Act and may refer such cases to other law enforcement agencies for appropriate action. Hence, the Department also advises all intermediaries to strictly confine their advice to taxpayers within the four corners of the Income-Tax Act,” the advisory added.

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