Beware of fake I-T raids; here is how you can tell if they are genuine or not

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Published: September 22, 2017 5:51:16 PM

Keeping in view some recent incidents of unscrupulous elements conducting unauthorized income tax searches through forged identity cards, the Income Tax Department today advised taxpayers to confirm identities of income tax search authorities.

 I-T raid, income tax raid, unauthorised tax raid, Confirm identities of income tax search authorities, income tax department, DElhiThe tax payer is well within his rights to seek and inspect the warrant of authorisation, and confirm the identities of authorized Income Tax Authorities mentioned on the warrant.

Keeping in view some recent incidents of unscrupulous elements conducting unauthorized / illegal income tax searches through forged identity cards, the Income Tax Department today advised taxpayers to confirm identities of income tax search authorities.

In a press release the Income Tax Department said that the Department in the Delhi region regularly conducts search/ survey/ verification exercises in case of suspected tax evaders to uncover concealment of undisclosed income/ assets as per the law.

However, instances have been brought to the notice of the Department wherein certain unscrupulous elements have conducted unauthorized / illegal searches through forged identity cards claiming to be from the Income Tax Department, Delhi.

“It is reiterated that the tax payer is well within his rights to seek and inspect the warrant of authorisation, and confirm the identities of authorized Income Tax Authorities mentioned on the warrant. The assessee can seek the telephone numbers of immediate supervisory officers of the search/ survey party for the purpose of verification of genuineness,” it said.

In case any doubt persists, then the Income Tax Department can be contacted on the following number – 9013850099 – for the specified purpose of confirmation of identities of officers/ officials working in the Delhi region.

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