I-T Department to Issue Notice to Suspicious Cash Depositors


The tax department said on Friday that the number of individuals filing income tax returns has jumped to 2.79 crore this year from 2.23 crore last year.
The tax department said on Friday that the number of individuals filing income tax returns has jumped to 2.79 crore this year from 2.23 crore last year. (Photo: iStock photo)

I-T Department to Issue Notice to Suspicious Cash Depositors

The Income Tax Department will soon issue notices to those who have deposited "suspicious" amounts of money in banks post-demonetisation and have not responded to taxman's preliminary communication, the CBDT said on Tuesday.

Sushil Chandra, chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said despite closing of I-T returns filing time period, a number of entities and individuals failed to file their tax returns, as required under the 'Operation Clean Money' (OCM) initiated by the government to check black money post demonetisation.

"The government has already taken all measures under the Operation Clean Money. We have given enough time to people to file their returns and come out clean," he said.

But, we have found that even after the last date of returns, a large number of persons have not filed the same, Chandra said.

"So, the next step would be that the persons who have not filed their returns, we are going to issue them notices under section 142 (1) of the I-T Act (inquiry before assessment)," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event at the India International Trade Fair (IITF).

The people who have filed their returns will be examined against the amounts they have deposited during the period of demonetisation, so that we can see whether they have correctly disclosed their income or not, the CBDT chief said.

Chandra noted that demonetisation and the subsequent OCM led to an overall increase of 20 percent with respect to the people who file their I-T returns.

The CBDT chairman added that over 20,000 cases of returns filed post the note ban, have been selected for detailed procedure of scrutiny by the taxman.

The I-T department had conducted 900 searches between 9 November 2016, and March this year, leading to seizure of assets worth Rs 900 crore including Rs 636 crore in cash. The searches had led to the disclosure of Rs 7,961 crore undisclosed income, official data had said.

During the same period, the department conducted 8,239 survey operations leading to detection of Rs 6,745 crore of black money, it said.

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