New Delhi, Oct 18: The Income Tax department has begun a crackdown against black money being generated by the rich mining sector with the taxman initiating a detailed scrutiny of a number of such exploration and production companies across the country.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), the apex policy-making body of the I-T department, has recently issued orders to all tax offices to check any "discrepancies" in the financial statements filed and actual operations conducted by these companies after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money took a serious view in this regard.
Sources privy to the development said a recent I-T investigation found that a number of discrepancies were found in the returns filed by some major firms involved in the mining of iron ore, manganese and others when their tax returns were compared with similar statements filed by them with the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), a mandatory procedure that has to be followed by these firms.
A number of these firms, sources said, had also figured in the Enquiry report of the Justice (retd) M B Shah Commission that was constituted by the government few years back to probe illegal mining in the country.
An official order issued by the CBDT on October 14, also accessed by new agency, said, "Significant differences in figures regarding production and closing stock" between the IBM filed returns vis-a-vis their corresponding Income Tax statements were detected".