Tax Inspector in India: It’s a Dangerous Job
- Mar 8, 2014 | Gail Cole
It’s challenging to comply with frequently changing sales tax rates and regulations, and it’s no fun to be audited. But it can be downright dangerous to be a tax inspector in India. In recent months, two tax inspectors have allegedly been beaten by disgruntled taxpayers.
The first incident took place in December, when tax inspector Ramakant Kakde told police that Juhu businessmen Ranveer and Abhishek Singh (father and son) locked him in an office, assaulted him, and then abducted him when he visited their pharmaceutical firm to “serve them a notice related to a tax-dispute hearing.” Mr. Kakde said the Singhs also threatened to kill him and rape his daughter if he tried to serve them another notice (Mumbai Mirror).
More recently, sales tax inspector Birudev Galande reported being verbally and physical abused by Amit and Bhavesh Shah of Arihant Enterprises, based in Mulund. Mr. Galande had visited their office to “hand over a bank’s letter releasing overdue tax payment” and serve them a “court order for non-payment of sales tax….”
Senior inspector Phoolsingh Pawar told the Times of India that the “Shahs have been arrested … on the complaint received from Galande who was badly beaten-up by them [and] confined and assaulted….” The Shahs “told the police that they assaulted Galande because he had abused them.” Furthermore, they claim their sales taxes had been paid.