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I-T's not fair: Big B tells taxmen

I-T's not fair: Big B tells taxmen

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has finally decided to set the record straight regarding notices sent by the I-T dept.

Mumbai: Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has finally decided to set the record straight regarding notices sent to him by the Income Tax (I-T) department.

In the latest on the Bachchan-I-T department exchange, The I-T department had issued a notice to Jaya Bachchan to furnish the details of the ownership and transfer of Jalsa, where the Bachchans have been staying for the last 24 years.

This is the fifth notice sent by the department to Bachchan in the last six months.

Bachchan responded to the notice sent by the I-T department and said that their reports are “inaccurate.” He has questioned the justification of the notices, but said he's willing to respond to any call for clarification by the department.

The letter comes a day after the I-T department denied issuing notices to Bachchan regarding the purchase of Ray Ban sunglasses worth Rs 2.7 lakh.

Bachchan wore the branded glasses in his new film Zamanat, which is due to hit the theatres next week.

After the movie, Bachchan reportedly gifted the pair to the director of the film, S Ramanathan.

Bachchan has also clarified that he didn't go to New York to buy the sunglasses in question.

TAXING TIMES FOR BIG B
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 11, 2006, 15:22 IST