Housekeeping staffer in Thane earning Rs 10,000 gets tax notice for Rs 1 crore China deal

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Here’s a curious tale involving the common man, a con man and the taxman.

A housekeeping worker, formerly a security guard, who currently earns Rs 10,000 a month, has got the taxman’s notice, asking to explain a transaction of Rs 1.14 crore from China, in which his PAN card was used, and routed via a bank account which has his name.

The unlettered Kalyan resident Chandrakat Varak (56), who shares a 250sqft 1-room-kitchen home with his sister in a chawl, was unaware of what the notice meant. After an “educated” friend explained, Varak visited the Income-Tax office where he was told that his PAN card could have been misused.

Still trying to fathom the enormity and complexity of digits involved in crores, Varak told TOI, “I thought it was some mistake… I’ve never ever got a monthly salary of over Rs 10,000 all my life…”

The notice, under section 148 of the Income Tax Act, seeks details for the financial year 2018-19 when the fishy deal was done. It asks why he did not file tax returns for financial year 2019-20 and seeks his reply by February 13.

An income-tax officer, who spoke strictly on the condition of anonymity, said, “It’s possible Varak had given his PAN card to someone who misused it and faked documents to open the bank account used for the deal.”

Varak now plans to visit Bazarpeth police station to lodge a complaint. But his big worry is that he will have to take a day off from work and might lose a day’s wages.

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