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I am not taxman's target, says Big B

I am not taxman's target, says Big B

Amitabh Bachchan clears air over his frequent run-ins with the Income Tax department.

Dubai: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan seems to be buying peace with the Income Tax department.

Samajwadi Party (SP) workers attacked the department's office in Lucknow after hearing that Bachchan had been served tax notices. Fans and SP leaders alleged the actor was being harassed. Bachchan denied this.

"I don't think so. The I-T department is a very respectable government agency and they are doing their job," said Bachchan, when asked if he thought that the Income Tax department was targeting him or carrying on a campaign against him.

"My job is to respond to them and that is what I am doing," the actor said.

bullet Over the past eight months Big B seems to be having a tough time dealing with tax officials. bullet In November 2005, the Central Board of Direct Taxes demanded that the actor pay Rs 5 crore at one go. The actor later revealed that the taxmen came calling with this notice even as he was being wheeled in for surgery at the Leelavati Hospital in Mumbai.

bullet Bachchan was also asked to prove his status as a farmer, for a proposal to buy 20 acres of land in Maval taluka near Pune. His move to purchase land, which is only available to farmers was questioned under the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Land Act, 1963.

bullet In January 2006 the IT department refused Bachchan rebate allowed to artistes under the IT Act for the income he earned for anchoring Kaun Banega Crorepati - citing that anchoring was not acting.

bullet On March 16, Bachchan had to make a visit to the Aykar Bhavan in Mumbai regarding a long pending tax assessment matter. Normally high profile assesses do not personally go to the IT department unless they are summoned.

first published:June 16, 2006, 11:48 IST