Tax sleuths probe L&T's sub-contractors for Rs 100 cr evasion
Mar 03 2013 , New Delhi
These firms were getting amount of service tax, to be paid to the government, along with the work order payment from the L&T but the same was not being deposited with the exchequer, official sources said.
A team of Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence here has registered a case to probe alleged service tax evasion and carried out searches at various premises of the firms across the country recently.
The searches were also conducted at the construction division of Larsen and Toubro in Chennai, the sources said.
"The Revenue department officials did make an enquiry with us on the matter of service tax. Relevant details and documents have been provided," a L&T spokesperson said in an email response to PTI query.
The Revenue department has taken note of the documents and details provided. "In case any further clarifications are required, we shall provide the same to take the matter to its logical conclusion," he said.
The probe so far has found that the sub-contractor firms, whose premises were searched, were empanelled with L&T's construction division and receiving work orders for different projects by the construction giant by way of sub-letting, the sources said.
These firms were allegedly evading their service tax liability, they said.
It was also found during the investigation that the sub-contractor companies were not filing mandatory ST-3 form, for service tax returns, in a regular manner.