UB, USL get Rs 91-crore tax notice

UB, USL get Rs 91-crore tax notice

UB, USL get Rs 91-crore tax notice

Directorate-General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) has issued a show-cause-cum-demand notices to Vijay Mallya-owned firms United Breweries and United Spirits Ltd, for allegedly evading service tax of Rs 91 crore.

"Both the firms have evaded the service tax on sponsoring various shows and sports events," a senior DGCEI official said.

The notice is pertaining to sponsoring events like IPL, East Bengal Football Team, Force India Team, Wills India Fashion Week, Mohan Bagan Team.

The notice issued to United Breweries is for the amount of Rs 21.7 crore, while that to United Spirit is of Rs 69.3 crore.

According to the officials, a DGCEI team had recently visited the Bangalore offices of both the firms.

Officials said that if the amount was not paid within a month, penalty of 25 per cent would be imposed on the total amount. Meanwhile, United Spirits in a statement said that the DGCEI Mumbai has asked them to furnish the soft copy of the ledger extract of Advertisement & Sales Promotion expenses for the period 2007-08 to 2011-12.

"DGCEI has, without verifying the nature of the expenses accounted for in the ledger extract, considered the entire amount as 'sponsorship services' and have served the show cause notice on 23/4/13 for Rs.69.3 crore", the statement said.

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