Firhad Hakim slammed the Narendra Modi government alleging political vendetta by using the IT department.
Kolkata: Within two days of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s claim of the Income Tax (IT) department's notices to Durga Puja Committees for tax, the Centre has hit back at her government as the Trinamul Congress organised a sit-in demonstration in the city.
On Tuesday the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the department of revenue of the finance ministry rebutted “incorrect reports” about IT notices to Durga Puja Committees. It stated that no such notice was served.
The CBDT stated, “There have been reports in the media about income tax notices being issued to Durga Puja Committees in Kolkata recently. The reports also mention that income tax notices were sent to the Durga Puja Committee Forum in the last few weeks. It is unequivocally stated that the said reports are factually incorrect and are strongly denied. It is a fact that no notice was issued to the Durga Puja Committee Forum by the department during this year.”
The CBDT elaborated, “However, as the department had been getting information that several contractors who were doing work for the Puja committees were not paying due taxes, therefore notices under Section 133(6) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 were issued in December, 2018 to about 30 committees, calling for details of tax deducted at source on payments made to contractors and event managers etc. engaged by the committees for the Puja events, including the TDS statement.”
It added, “This was part of an exercise carried out by the TDS wing of the department to ensure that the contractors and event managers pay their due taxes on time. Many of the committees complied and furnished evidence of tax deducted at source as well as deposit of the same into the government account. It is also pertinent to state that several committees requested the department to organise educative sessions to explain the provisions of TDS to the committees.”
Earlier during the Trinamul dharna at Raja Subodh Mullick Square, Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim slammed the Narendra Modi government alleging political vendetta by using the IT department.