Take steps to unearth domestic black money: Govt to I-T dept

Last Updated 25 May 2015, 11:21 IST

Government today asked income tax department to take steps to unearth domestic black money while keeping a close watch on ponzi schemes, bogus IPOs and other such illegal means of raising money.

The government is determined to fight menace of black money both abroad and inside the country, Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das said at the annual conference of Principal Chief Commissioners of Income Tax, Principal Director Generals of Income Tax, Chief Commissioners of Income Tax and Director Generals of Income Tax here.

Parliament recently passed the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Bill, 2015, to deal with black money stashed abroad.

"Our goal for all officers is to give equal emphasis on domestic black money. A number of initiatives have been taken but having said that there are three or fours areas that I would like to mention.

"One, that we need to be very alert if there are ponzi schemes and if there are aggressive schemes which are unregulated and result in cheating the poor citizens of the country," Das said.

Officers need to be very alert and if there are such schemes coming up then it needs to be referred to the respective regulatory agencies whether at state level or Reserve Bank level apart from taking deterrent action or taking effective action from tax point of view, he added.

The second area, he said, where the Department has initiated lot of action is with regard to bogus IPOs and accommodation entry cases. "We have been able to identify a large number of cases. All these cases need to be taken to a logical conclusion," he said.

With regard to the HSBC list, Das said, "All the assessment which require to be completed before March 31, they have been completed. Thanks to international cooperation and thanks to the initiative taken by the government in the recent months we were able to get a lot of other additional information from other countries and foreign jurisdiction."

This has opened up new areas of investigation, he said, adding, "all these cases, all these areas I would emphasise that investigation need to be completed expeditiously and finally."

(Published 25 May 2015, 11:21 IST)

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