Hyderabad: Jabardasth fame TV presenter Anasuya Bharadwaj has coughed up part of Rs 80 lakh cash towards Service Tax including late fee and penalty. Sources in the Director General of GST Intelligence wing told to NewsMeter that the agency detected service tax evasion by the artist. Though it happened earlier the issue came into the light after the recent searches
"Following our inspection a few weeks ago aAnasuya Bharadwaj has paid part of Rs 80 lakh cash towards Service tax. She paid the late fee and penalty too," said a source. GST officials has been focusing on service tax payment issues. It is learnt that GST officials visited her house in April 2019 and collected the agreement documents of her shows pertaining to 2014. No searches are conducted on her recently.
Jabardasth Anasuya Bharadwaj is one of the hosts of popular comedy show Jabardhast on Eenadu Television. The show has one of the highest ratings and most-watched TV show on Telugu entertainment TV sector. The hosts of the show are paid a considerable sum. Anasuya, who hails from Vishakapatnam, acted in films like Soggade Chinni Nayana and Kshanam, besides hosting several TV shows. The artist holds a masters degree in Business Administration from Hyderabad and earlier worked as an executive during her initial days of career.
Anasuya has put out a tweet refuting the allegations.
pic.twitter.com/J6r833c17g— Anasuya Bharadwaj (@anusuyakhasba) December 22, 2019
— Anasuya Bharadwaj (@anusuyakhasba) December 22, 2019
GST sleuths on Friday conducted searches on another Tollywood actress Lavanya Tripathi apart from Jabardasth fame Anasuya Bharadwaj. With the series of searches, Tollywood actors are knocking the door of GST intelligence and GST commissionarates in Hyderabad and Rangareddy for voluntarily disclosing the service tax pending pre-GST and also the current tax during GST regime.
A joint operation conducted by GST Intelligence and CGST officials in more than 46 locations in the past three days has detected more than Rs 50 crore.The tax evaders included contractors, builders, infra companies, schools, consultancy services, educational consultancies, fitness centres and restaurants, the hospitality industry, steel traders and others.
GST officials asked all those who have to pay service tax can voluntarily disclose using Sabka Viswas (Voluntarily disclosure scheme) 2019 launched by Finance ministry. Under the scheme, the tax evaders get immunity from prosecution and other legal proceedings and even will not be levied with the penalty or late fee.