Friday, June 4, 2010

Tax Evasions and BIG Fishes

"Why is it that when the government loses a tax return, it is considered a mistake, but when you lose a receipt, it is considered tax evasion? "
- An friend of mine who is now a business man innocently questioned me once. I could only smile back then.
Jokes apart,Now that I think of this, and understand the major problems that the Government is facing due to tax evasions, I feel not a single case should be dismissed.We can not really deny the fact that, "The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect".

With this point in mind, we directed our RTI guns towards the tax evasions this time. The whole episode and the results made us speechless for witnessing the level of corruption/negligence or what so ever, in the society. Providing the complete details right below to our group.

Event : Checking Tax Dues and Taking Necessary Actions.
Date : MAY
Area : Anajpur and UmarKhan Daira Villages, Hayat Nagar Mandal, Rangareddy District
Purpose : To understand how many people are evading taxes each year and to get them pay the taxes without fail
Actions Taken :
Have filed RTI to the Village Panchayat Kendra to retrieve the list of people who has a due of more than 20,00 taxes
  1. Received the list and carefully analyzed the data.
  2. Gathered from the analyzed statistics that one of the company has a due of total of 10,00,000 (10 lakhs) worth taxes to above Gram Panchayats.
  3. Filed a complaint to take necessary actions against the responsible people.
Pending Actions : Need to follow up with the responsible officers to make sure that the tax amount is collected / Actions are taken.
Additional Information : The RTIs filed, response from village panchayat, complaints raised and Model applications are uploaded here.
We request all of you to go through the sample RTI(attached both Telugu and English) and save it for the benefit of your own area. Right amount of taxes paid on right time to the government may help the leaders to bring the changes that we all want to see. As a responsible citizen, your duty does not end up just by paying taxes , but by ensuring that the society around you is following the right path. Please take part in it.

Please join us in these activities and let us all work for the betterment of society that we all dream of, every minute and every day.

Loksatta Saroor Nagar CHC
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the thickness of a prison wall .

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