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Bollywood actors who evaded or avoided service tax

10 Aug, 2017 Print

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has pointed out that many renowned Bollywood actors haven't complied with service tax norms when receiving payments from producers. The list of actors include Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh and Arjun Rampal and the revenue skipped is more than Rs 50 crore.

The agreements between these actors and their producers show that that the producers, being service recipients, agreed to provide for and bear expenses relating to arrangement of the services for travel, lodging and boarding of the make-up artist, hair stylist and spot boy.

The payments made by producers on behalf of the actors become additional consideration for the actors, which is directly and inextricably linked to the services provided by actors. Non-inclusion of the additional consideration during 2013-14 to 2015-16 resulted in non-payment of service tax by the actors. When this was pointed out to the service tax authorities, the department said it has issued show cause notice to Deshmukh and notices were being issued in the case of Devgn and Rampal. "Reply in the case of Salman Khan was awaited," CAG observed.

In case of actor Ranbir Kapoor, the CAG said, "We noticed two instances where for the same film shot in India and abroad, the payment to artist for the portion shot abroad was arranged from foreign companies, thereby the service was made to look as export of service with no tax liability."

"Ranbir Kapoor acted in the movie ' Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' produced by Dharma Productions Pvt Ltd, shot both in India and New York. He received a consideration of Rs 6.75 crore from a foreign company, ADHM Films Ltd., London for film shot in UK and did not pay service tax of Rs 83.43 lakh treating the same as export of services," CAG pointed out.

News Source : ET, PTI

Place : New Delhi

News Date : 10 Aug, 2017