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Mahesh Babu on tax dues: I have no undisputed tax payable

On Friday, reports were doing rounds in the media that Mahesh Babu's bank accounts were frozen allegedly for non-payment of taxes.

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New Delhi Updated on: December 29, 2018 6:26 IST
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Mahesh Babu on tax dues: I have no undisputed tax payable

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu found himself in some soup lately. According to the recent reports that are doing rounds in the media, the superstar’s bank accounts were frozen by the GST department till further notice. However, on Friday, Babu clarified that he has no undisputed tax payable and that he is a law-abiding citizen complying with all fiscal legislation.

The legal team of the actor released the statement a day after the Goods and Service Tax (GST) commissionerate, Hyderabad attached his two bank accounts for failing to pay service tax of Rs 18.5 lakh for the financial year 2007-08.

Mahesh Babu's bank accounts frozen in Hyderabad for 2007-08 dues

According to the commissionerate, the accounts were seized to retrieve Rs 73.5 lakh including interest and penalty.

A statement from Mahesh Babu's team said the GST commissionerate attached the bank accounts for a disputed tax demand of Rs 18.5 lakh claiming Rs 73.5 lakh towards tax interest and the penalty for brand ambassador services rendered during 2007-08.

The actor pointed out that the brand ambassador services were not taxable as the same were brought in the statute book only in 2010.

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"The GST commissionerate, Hyderabad has carried out the attachment without notice when several judicial pronouncements on this issue are in favour of the taxpayer and more so when the dispute is pending before the high court," said the statement from Mahesh Babu's team.

(With IANS Inputs)

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