The Service Tax Department has filed a case of tax evasion against Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi for not remitting money which he used to charge producers or others under the head of service tax.
Vivek Oberoi with his wife at the 64th birthday celebrations for Bollywood director Rakesh Roshan in Mumbai on September 6, 2013. (AFP Photo)
"Oberoi used to charge service tax for the projects he undertook, but never remitted the money (to the Service Tax Department). He did not even register himself with the department," said a source.
Deputy Commissioner of Service Tax Sameer Wankhade confirmed the development, but divulged no further details. The source said the department suspects Oberoi might have evaded tax of about Rs. 50 lakh.
"Interestingly it was only yesterday that he took a registration from us, as we conducted searches at his premises," said the source. Oberoi's liability for the past three years would be scrutinised. "We have asked him to appear before us with all papers connected to his acting projects, endorsement etc," said another source in the department.