Tax dept raids artist Subodh Gupta and car modifier Dilip Chhabria

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    Tax dept raids offices of noted artist Subodh Gupta and leading car modifier Dilip Chhabria

    Dilip Chabaria, who customizes cars and design them according to the owners’ wishes and likes, was found to be not filing VAT returns for last one year. He was caught and Rs 22 lakh were recovered from him as tax and fine.

    Firm in the name of Subodh Gupta had raised a bill of a painting which was sold to Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore on August 28,2015. The VAT amount of Rs 29,53,125 was also taken from the buyer, taking the total to Rs 2,54,53,125. On checking the records at Director General of Audits, it was found that the seller firm had neither shown the VAT amount in its Quarterly Returns nor deposited the VAT with the government. A notice was served to the firm in this regard but it did not respond. So, the premises of the firm was raided.

    The Official Notification is as below:

    Evasion of Value Added Tax (VAT) in Haryana will soon be history as the State Excise and Taxation Department has now started keeping an eye on the quarterly VAT returns and depositing of VAT in the state.
    Chandigarh, April 4 – Evasion of Value Added Tax (VAT) in Haryana will soon be history as the State Excise and Taxation Department has now started keeping an eye on the quarterly VAT returns and depositing of VAT in the state. The department has started tightening its noose on the VAT defaulters and is now recovering not only the VAT evaded but also a considerable amount as fine from such defaulters.

    Today, a team of Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner (East) Gurgaon raided the premises of a firm namely Subodh Gupta, located in Udyog Vihar Phase-I of Gurgaon, after a complaint was received at the Department’s headquarters in Chandigarh. Mr Shyamal Mishra, Excise and Taxation Commissioner sent that complaint to the DETC (East) for enquiry and verification.

    According to DETC (East) Mr Samir Yadav, the firm registered in the name of Subodh Gupta had raised a bill of a painting which was sold to Director, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi at a cost of Rs 2.25 crore on August 28,2015. The VAT amount of Rs 29, 53, 125 was also taken from the buyer, taking the total to Rs two crore 54 lakhs 53,125. He said that on checking the records at Director General of Audits, it was found that the seller firm had neither shown the VAT amount in its Quarterly Returns nor deposited the VAT with the government.

    A notice was served to the firm in this regard but it did not respond. Therefore, the premises of the firm was raided today. As per rules, if non depositing of VAT by the firm is proved, it will have to not only deposit the entire amount of VAT evaded but also the fine .

    The Excise and Taxation Department has become more active following directions from its Minister Capt Abhimanyu who is said to be not so happy with the tax recovery of the department and has pulled up the officers to check evasion in VAT. The efficiency of the department in last few days is reflected by the cases it has detected during the last week or so.

    In DETC (East) Gurgaon area alone, apart from the above case two more cases of VAT evasion were caught and the defaulters were made to pay VAT alongwith heavy fine levied on these units during the last one week. According to Mr Yadav, one Dilip Chabaria, who customizes cars and design them according to the owners’ wishes and likes, was found to be not filing VAT returns for last one year. He was caught and Rs 22 lakh were recovered from him as tax and fine.

    Similarly, Harpreet Motors, a Ford Agency in Sector 34, Gurgaon was also not filing VAT returns for last one year and Rs 2.50 crore were recovered. The Department hopes to catch more VAT defaulters in near future and the teams are on the job.

    After the department started working on digitized system, the defaulters fall into the net and it has become easy for the department to catch those who have though taken VAT from the buyers but did not deposit the same with the government ,Mr Yadav added.

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