Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has given a notice of the Service Tax department for non-payment or evasion of Service Tax.
Principal Commissioner of Service Tax office in Hyderabad issued the warrant to the tennis star on February 6. She has been asked to appear before it in person or by an approved agent on February 16. The Tennis star has to pay Rs 20 lakhs.
The notice was issued by Service Tax Hyderabad-II Commissionerate in Red Hills. The notice was sent at her residence in Jubilee Hills. It has been issued by service tax officer Suresh Kumar. Sources said
"the tennis star has not disclosed proper break-up of earnings."
The notice says "Whereas an investigation against you about non-payment/evasion of Service Tax/contravention of provisions of Finance Act 1994 and Rules made thereunder is being inquired. I have reasons to believe you are in possession of facts or/and documents and things which are relevant to the inquiry."
"You are hereby summoned under Central Excise Act, 1944 made applicable to service Tax matters under Finance Act, 1994 to appear before the Office in person or by an authorised agent on February 16 to give evidence truthfully on such matters concerning the enquiry as you may be asked to produce the documents and things," said the notice, which does not define the case in which she has been ordered to appear.
"If you fail to comply with this summons and intentionally avoid to attend or to give evidence and to produce the documents and things, without a lawful excuse, you will be liable to be punished under the relevant provisions of IPC", it said.
BY M. DIVYA SRI