Visit those whose in­come doesn’t match homes, Modi tells tax­men

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Timsy Jaipuria timsy.jaipuria@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has asked tax of­fi­cials to knock on the doors of peo­ple whose in­come state­ments don’t re­flect the size or gran­deur of their prop­erty, but they must do so in a gen­tle and friendly man­ner, a top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day.

Such cold calls by tax­men are part of sev­eral sug­ges­tions Modi made at a con­fer­ence of rev­enue of­fi­cials, where the prime min­is­ter also set a tar­get of dou­bling the coun­try’s tax payer base to 100 mil­lion. He did not give a dead­line.

Suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have strug­gled with un­der-re­port­ing of taxes, seen as a ma­jor hur­dle in ex­pand­ing state rev­enues, as well as with grow­ing undis­closed in­comes, or what is known as black money, to avoid tax­a­tion.

A 2015 Credit Suisse sur­vey said In­dia had 185,000 dol­lar mil­lion­aires but of­fi­cially only about 150,000 peo­ple are known to have an an­nual in­come of above `5 mil­lion.

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