New Delhi, September 23, 2017

Earlier this week, seven men posing as Income Tax officers had entered a businessman’s house in Malviya Nagar to conduct a search. They searched the house and collected Rs 20 lakh in cars.

After the recent incident of seven men conducting a search at a businessman’s house posing as tax officials, the Delhi wing of the Income Tax department has issued an advisory for taxpayers to first confirm identities of search authorities. The department has also allotted a contact number — 9013850099 — for the purpose of confirmation of identities of tax officials working in the Delhi region.

“…instances have been brought to the notice of department wherein, certain unscrupulous elements have conducted unauthorised/illegal searches through forged identity cards claiming to be from Income Tax Department, Delhi. It is reiterated that the taxpayer is well within his rights to seek and inspect the warrant of authorisation, confirm the identities of authorised Income Tax authorities mentioned on the warrant. The assessee can seek the telephone numbers of immediate supervisory officers of the search/survey party for the purpose of verification of genuineness,’’ a Finance Ministry statement said.

The Income Tax department in the Delhi region regularly conducts searches/surveys/verification exercises in cases of suspected tax evaders to uncover concealment of undisclosed income/assets as per the law, it said.

“In case, any doubt still persists, then the Income Tax department can be contacted on the following number 9013850099 for the specified purpose of confirmation of identities of officers/officials working in the Delhi region,” the statement said.

When asked if there is any official number of such incidents, a finance ministry official said that there are no official figures and the Delhi wing of the tax department decided to issue this advisory in wake of the recent incident of seven men posing as income tax officials in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar.

Earlier this week, seven men posing as Income Tax officers had entered a businessman’s house in Malviya Nagar to conduct a search. They searched the house and collected Rs 20 lakh in cars. However, the family got suspicious and called their neighbours and found that the men were just posing as income tax officers. According to police, six men were arrested, while the seventh managed to flee.

[The Indian Express]