It refers to a latest RTI response dated 30.07.2013 from Income Tax Department subsequent to a CIC-verdict revealing that huge Income-Tax arrears of Rs. 550 crores are pending towards super-rich Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). The information for this pending income tax arrear has been provided from assessment-year 2006-07 to 2010-11.
There may be tax-demands pending for earlier years also for which data is not made available. Surprisingly Income Tax Department has not cared to complete assessment-proceedings for the assessment-years 2011-12 and 2012-13. If done so, then further tax-demands could have been added against the BCCI.
It is indeed regretting and surprising that a huge amount to the tune of Rs. 196 crores is pending to be recovered in respect of assessment-year 2006-07. Income Tax department should also give data of tax-arrears against BCCI prior to assessment-year 2006-07.
Income Tax Department should (a) immediately complete assessment-proceedings against BCCI till date including for assessment-years 2011-12 and 2012-13 (b) decide all BCCI appeals against assessments immediately (c) take stringent-most action including attachment of BCCI bank-account to recover heavy tax-dues pending against BCCI.
Income tax Department should initiate an enquiry to fix responsibility on its erring personnel who left assessment-proceedings pending against BCCI for too long, and those who failed to take suitable action against BCCI for recovery of such huge tax-dues. Income Tax department should put on the list of tax-defaulters on its website mentioning amount of tax to be recovered also as an effective step to reduce tax-arrears.
It may be mentioned that civic-bodies in Delhi displays names of property-tax defaulters prominently on road-crossings to shame them for not caring to pay taxes voluntarily.