NMDC slapped with Rs. 1,631 crore tax notice: report

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NMDC slapped with Rs. 1,631 crore tax notice: report

Hyderabad: The income tax department slapped a Rs. 1,631 crore demand notice on National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Ltd for assessment years 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, alleging the state-owned PSU had under-invoiced some export accounts, company sources said in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

The mining company has paid Rs. 1,134.27 crore to the tax authorities so far and contested the claim in respective appellates, the sources said.

During 2011-12, income tax authorities reopened the assessment for financial years 2007-08 and 2008-09 including its incomes of Rs.2,517.21 crore and Rs. 278.03 crore respectively, alleging "under invoicing of exports" and raised tax demand notices for Rs. 1255.83 crore and Rs. 102.85 crore for those years.

Similarly, last year tax men reopened the company's accounts of assessment years 2006-07 and 2009-10 and raised tax demand notices for Rs. 177.90 crore and Rs. 94.36 crore for the respective years, the sources said.

The NMDC has contested these allegations stating that all transactions are transparent as well as routed through bank accounts and filed appeals before appellate authorities, they said.

"Currently, the issue about assessment years 2006-07 and 2009-10 is pending before the Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) and the matter related to 2007-08 and 2008-09 is pending before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Hyderabad," the sources told PTI.

According to the NMDC, it exported 3.26 million tonnes, 3.78 million tonnes, 3.87 million tonnes and 3.43 million tonnes during 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively, and the total value of exports during those four years have been recorded as Rs. 4,382.52 crore.

As per accounting statements issued by the NMDC pending disposal of the appeals, it paid an amount of Rs. 1134.27 crore and Rs. 341.42 crore during 2012-13 and 2011-12 respectively to Income Tax authorities and these were shown as "amounts recoverable" from the department and the balance was shown as the disputed amount of Rs. 496.67 crore.

"We believe that issues with the income tax department will be settled before end of the year," they said

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