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India Reports On Redoubled Tax Enforcement Drive

Friday, January 12, 2018

India's Income Tax Department has said it sought to bring criminal charges against 2,225 taxpayers in the period April to November 2017.

The Department said prosecution has been initiated for various offenses, including, among other things, intentional evasion of tax; filing false tax declarations; or failing to remit tax deducted or collected at source.

The Department said it is making tackling tax evasion its "highest priority," with a significant jump in taxpayers being pursued, from 784 cases in the same period a year earlier.

The Department said a total of 1,052 taxpayers had agreed settlements, compared with 575 a year earlier. In addition, there has been a sharp increase in convictions, with 48 persons convicted of various offenses during the period, compared with 13 convictions the year before.