Media got wrong report on arresting wilful tax defaulters, says IT Dept

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has issued a statement in which it has said that certain media organisations have erroneously reported that the department is going to arrest wilful tax defaulters.

Atulesh Jindal, chairman of the CBDT, the controlling body of the income tax department.
Atulesh Jindal, chairman of the CBDT, the controlling body of the income tax department.

In its statement, the I T department said, “Certain sections of the press have been carrying news reports today that Income Tax Department is going to arrest wilful defaulters of tax. In this regard, it is clarified that no such statement has been authorised by the Income-tax Department.”

The statement further said, “Though the provisions for arrest and detention by the Tax Recovery Officers in respect of the non-compliant tax defaulters are contained in the Income-tax Act, these are used extremely sparingly.”

ANI