Notices issued to 50,000 professionals for allegedly evading tax
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that large number of professionals like doctors and advocates in Maharashtra are not paying professional tax causing huge losses to the state exchequer.
The reply to the query, provided by the sales tax deputy commissioner (professional tax), states that in the last three and a half years, the department has 30,368 notices to doctors and 20,277 notices to advocates seeking recovery of the professional tax under Section 5 of the Maharashtra State Tax on Profession, Trades, Callings and Employments Act, 1975.
Another application filed by the applicant under RTI with the Maharashtra Bar Council showed that 4,675 complaints were received by the council against advocates but no action was taken against them.
A department official stated that nearly 10% professionals don’t pay professional tax due to which the state exchequer is losing around Rs. 5 crore every year.