The Hush Post | 6:45 pm | One-minute read
A small food outlet selling ‘kachoris’ in a small street of Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh is in the eye of the storm. Reason: The owner Mukesh Kumar, has a turnover of around Rs 60-70 lakh, however, he doesn’t pay taxes.
The team of the officials of Special Investigation Branch (SIB) of the commercial tax department (Aligarh range) found that Mukesh was a millionaire but did not have GST registration. His ordinary looking shop is located near Seema Talkies in Aligarh. He has been running the shop from the last 10-12 years.
Ravinder Pal Singh Kauntiye, Deputy Commissioner, commercial tax (Aligarh range), said, “We had to search for the outlet. We initially conducted the recce by watching the turnout of customers at different timings. After making an assessment, we got a search warrant on June 21. During the survey, the seller himself gave out the details which indicated that his turnover was in lakhs of rupees.”
The SIB conducted the search after receiving a complaint from Lucknow. Kauntiye and joint commissioner HPR Dixit assessed the raw material, the number of customers, and the fuel used to make an estimate of his income.
The officials reportedly said that Mukesh’s annual turnover is more than Rs 1 crore.
“Kauntiye said, “Till March 31, businessmen having a turnover more than Rs 20 lac were required to have registration for the goods and services tax. But from April 1, the limit has gone up to Rs 40 lac. Mukesh, despite having a high turnover, had no GST registration. We have issued a notice to Mukesh who has expressed readiness to have GST registration.”
According to the officials, there are more than 600 kachori sellers in Aligarh and there might be some renowned outlets doing such tax evasions.