Income Tax Department conducts Searches in Hyderabad

Income Tax Department conducts Searches in Hyderabad

Income Tax Department - Searches in Hyderabad - Taxscan

The Income Tax Department carried out a search and seizure action on 07.01.2021 based on an investigation in income tax evasion using bogus sub-contractors/shell entities along with enquiries made relating to entities flagged for providing a fake Input Tax credit.

The search was carried out on a prominent civil contractor working in Telangana, generating cash through the use of bogus sub-contracts and bogus billers. The search has been conducted on 19 premises across Hyderabad. The search has also covered a network of individuals running the racket of entry operation and generation of huge cash through fake billing.

Several shell entities/firms were used by the searched entry operators for layering of unaccounted money and cash withdrawals against fake bills issued wherein bogus Input Tax Credit(ITC) were passed on. Statements of such entry operators, their dummy partners/employees, the cash handlers of the beneficiaries have also been recorded, clearly validating the entire money trail.

The search has led to the seizure of evidence of bogus sub-contracts being given through intermediaries operating shell entities. Evidence of the use of this modus to generate huge unaccounted cash was found along with details of the entire network of the entry operators, intermediaries, cash handlers, beneficiaries, and the firms and companies involved. Forensic analysis of digital data including pen drive, retrieved mails has given clinching evidence in this regard.

So far, documents evidencing accommodation entries of more than Rs. 160 crore have already been found and seized. The assessee company has also admitted the same in its statement.

Further investigations are in progress.

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