The Income Tax Department said on Thursday that its search and survey operations at two leading film production companies, a leading actress and two talent management firms in Mumbai, have revealed a discrepancy in earnings of ₹ 300 crore, and manipulation of share transactions with tax Have done Imposition of ₹ 350 crore on one of the film production houses.
On Wednesday, the department raided properties set up in Mumbai by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actor Taapsee Pannu as well as a talent agency and complexes associated with Phantom Films, Mr. Kashyap and co-producers Bahul and Madhu Mantena.
Evidence of cash receipts has been recovered by the lead actress amounting to 5 crores. Further, the tax implications of non-genuine / bogus expenditure of 20 crore have been found to be related to the concerns related by the major producers / directors. Similar findings have also been made in the case of leading actresses, ”the department said in a statement.
The statement said that seven bank lockers in 28 residential and office complexes in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad have been kept in moderation and their search is on.
“During the search, evidence has been unearthed by the leading film production houses of heavy suppression of income as compared to the actual film box office collections. Company officials have not been able to explain the discrepancy of approximately, 300 crores.
Evidence relating to the manipulation and under-valuation of the production house’s share transactions between the film directors and shareholders, which has a tax implication of about 350 crore, has been found and further investigation is being done.
“Large amounts of digital data have been seized in the office premises of two talent management companies in the form of emails, WhatsApp chats, hard disks,” the IT department said.
Raids in tamil nadu
Separate search and seizure operations by the Income Tax Department on two groups of civil contractors in southern Tamil Nadu, unaccounted cash revenue of ₹ 3 crore, and unearned income of ₹ 175 crore. The department said that searches and surveys were carried out in 18 campuses, mainly in Madurai and Ramnad districts.
“Based on intelligence about the existence of cash, which is likely to be distributed for election purposes, searches were conducted on trading groups. Tax officials said that the action resulted in unaccounted cash worth was 3 crore, which was seized.
The tax authorities also found that the tax assessor is booking fake expenses under various heads to reduce profits with a turnover of less than 2%, though they were over 20%. “Similarly, more than 100 sub-contractors were introduced to meet illegal payments, and to book payments of money for the purchase of property. These subcontinents filed income returns from the same IP address, and for the first time, only showing this receipt as their sole income, ”the department said, further investigations are underway.