Income Tax Dept action against Navjot Sidhu; two bank accounts seized over non-payment of tax

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The department noticed that the cricketer-turned-politician had not provided evidence to support his claim for the assessment proceedings

Navjot Sidhu
Cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu.

The Hush Post: In an important development, the Income Tax Department seized two bank accounts of cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab Cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu for non-payment of taxes.

While Sidhu’s tax dues stand at Rs. 52 lakh, payments to be made were towards dress expenses (Rs. 28,38,405), tour and traveling expenses (Rs. 38,24,282), salary expense (Rs. 47,11,400) and petrol and diesel expenses (Rs. 17,80,358).

The Income Tax department noticed that the cricketer-turned-politician had not provided evidence to support his claim for the assessment proceedings, such as bills or invoices in support of his claim during the course of assessment proceedings. Since the authenticity of the transactions could not be established, 30 per cent of the total expenses were disallowed in order to prevent leakage of revenue, the NDTV reported.

“The assessee had gone in to appeal against the order on January 17 last year, but the Commissioner of Income-tax (Appeals) or CIT (A) passed the order favouring the revenue and not provided any relief to the assessee, as he had failed to provide any documentary evidence in support of his claim,” an official statement noted.

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