I-T Department finds proof of under-invoicing of imports.
The Income-Tax Department has detected undisclosed income of about ₹270 crore throughout searches on a prominent builder and developer group primarily based in Mumbai.
The searches had been carried out at 29 places in Mumbai, whereas a survey motion was undertaken on 14 premises. The actual property group is creating a industrial mall, having 950 models completely for the cellular equipment enterprise.
“Of these, about 905 units have been sold starting from 2017 till date. The evidence stored in a pen drive found on the searched premises revealed that the builder group has taken an amount of ₹150 crore as on-money receipts over and above the agreement value, which is not accounted for in the books of accounts on sale of such units,” stated the Department.
The company has additionally come throughout proof about on-money receipts of ₹70 crore associated to a residential-cum-commercial undertaking.
“In respect of the dealers engaged in the business of mobile accessories, various incriminating evidence has been found pertaining to out-of-books sales. The group imports goods from China and sells these goods to various parties all over India. The imports are under-invoiced and payments are made through the ‘hawala’ channels,” the Income-Tax Department stated.
In all, 13 secret godowns containing unaccounted inventory have been found, whereby the inventory is being inventorised and valuation is in progress.
The company has additionally discovered proof of unaccounted investments by the sellers, amounting to ₹40.50 crore, of which investments to the tune of ₹21 crore are towards the acquisition of models within the industrial mall. “Four undisclosed bank accounts in the names of employees have also been detected, which are used to collect the sale proceeds from the retail vendors…the total deposits in the bank accounts amount to ₹80 crore,” stated the company.
According to the company, the operation has revealed that the whole sector of buying and selling in cellular equipment is essentially unaccounted. The principal parts are imported from China via Mumbai and Chennai ports. The sellers undervalue the gross sales and purchases in a serious approach. The transactions with Chinese counterparts happen via the We-Chat App.
The Department, which seized ₹5.89 crore in unaccounted money through the searches, has additionally retrieved the WeChat messages utilizing forensics for a probe into the portions and price of Chinese imports, it stated.