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DGGI issues show-cause notice to Amazon India over Rs 175 cr tax demand

Probe has allegedly found calculation errors by Amazon. The company paid higher GST but instead of claiming refund took wrong input tax credit

Swiggy | Amazon | GST intelligence agency

Peerzada Abrar & Shrimi Choudhary  |  Bengaluru | New Delhi 

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Illustration: Binay Sinha

Days after top tech such as Flipkart’s arm Instakart, Swiggy, Uber and Ola came under the radar of the income tax (I-T) department, the Director General of Intelligence (DGGI) has sent show-cause notice to e-commerce giant India, according to the sources. The DGGI has issued notice to the company related to tax demand which has reportedly been calculated to about Rs 175 crore.

DGGI investigation has allegedly found calculation errors made by The company paid higher (GST) but instead of claiming refund took wrong input tax credit (ITC). The demand is for the interest due on the wrongly claimed ITC, according to the sources. The notices have been sent to Amazon’s Bengaluru office.

According to the tax officials, in this case, pays GST and should claim refund in case of any excess payment. But they instead claimed excess input tax credit for the GST paid on purchases from their vendors, said the tax officials. Technically its wrong as they can claim only the ITC as is available. Amazon has to pay the interest on the excess ITC it claimed.

Amazon did not respond to an email query till the time of going to press.

Many tech have under the scanner of the income tax (I-T) department. The DGGI has launched an investigation into ride-hailing firms Uber and Ola. The DGGI has issued summons to officials of the two related to alleged tax evasion worth hundreds of crores of rupees, according to the sources. The tax liability dues for Uber India has reportedly been calculated as about Rs 800 crore, while as for Bengaluru-based Ola, it has been set at around Rs 300 crore.

The income-tax department recently conducted surveys at Instakart, a group company of e-commerce giant Flipkart, and food delivery firm in Bengaluru. The surveys are related to an alleged bogus input tax credit connected to the external vendors of these firms, according to the sources.

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First Published: Tue, January 12 2021. 20:38 IST