Talasani asks people to pay taxes

  • 20% of Hyderabad businessmen evade taxes
  • Minister lists the business dodging Tax Net

Hyderabad, December 29: Emphasizing the need for focusing on proper collection of taxes through increased vigilance at check posts with technology and special drive from various agencies, transport companies, business establishments and other companies evading taxes, Telangana Commercial Taxes Minister T Srinivasa Yadav stated that Check Posts will be strengthened at all major places, borders by using latest technology. About 30 per cent of businessmen in twin cities are evading taxes, who should pay tax and help the government implement welfare schemes, he said.

Addressing a media conference after a high level review meeting of the department on diminishing taxes to include other small and major businesses at Secretariat here, the minister said that Tax Monitoring cells comprising Transport and Police departments will be formed to take necessary measures besides a special drive to collect the same. Vigilance will be increased at state borders like Madhira in Khammam, Adilabad and other key places to check transport vehicles evading taxes. Though the government will not levy any fresh taxes as of now, and may have to do so in the new fiscal year of 2015. He said that officials will be pressed into field to collect information from agencies, net servers and other businesses pertaining to tax evaders to initiate further action.

Keeping six month old Telangana Government in view, the businessmen, software, IT companies, business malls and others should pay their taxes, he appealed. Since the government has taken up many ambitious projects and welfare schemes, the officers need to collect taxes from those who come under Tax purview and evaders will be dealt with seriously. He expressed concern that about 2 lakh medium level shop owners and businessmen were  evading taxes despite doing  business of about Rs 2,000 crore everyday and a total of Rs 50,000 crore  a month. The government suffered a shortfall of Rs 20 crore a month from petrol pumps, he said. A plan is on to include under tax regime the following – companies, factories producing a variety of goods, software, IT companies, big shopping malls, establishments and others that are misguiding the government through wrong inputs and accounts.

Besides Textiles, cinema halls, transport companies, pan, gutka vendors and similar businessmen have to pay taxes to strengthen the exchequer and help the government to implement various welfare schemes and developmental works. The minister said that focus will be on the following businesses that are not paying taxes  – gold, jewelry shops, coconut, rubber material, pan masala, steel, furniture, cigarette business, Kirana, dry fruits, sugar, dal, flour, electrical, electronics accessories, computer spares, films, flexi banner rolls, printing, submersible pumps, hardware tools, fans, plywood, lamination, timber trading, metal scrap, steel fancy goods, toys and cosmetics, plastic, foot wear, housing and construction material, automobile and transport companies. (NSS)

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