Ace cricketer Harbhajan Singh has paid Rs 14 lakh as service tax pre-deposits with the department of central excise and customs against the latter’s demand for Rs 1.15 crore for services rendered by him.
Sources in the department stated that after submitting the pre-deposits in December last year, Harbhajan had got stay on depositing the rest of the amount (about Rs 1 crore) till there is a final decision on his appeal filed with the Central Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT).
“Harbhajan was served a showcause notice in December 2010 by the department for evading service tax. The department made a demand for Rs 1.15 crore as service tax, including Rs 42.3 lakh payable for his business support services in the Indian Premier League from April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2010,” sources said.
“Besides, a sum of Rs 69.55 lakh is payable for business auxiliary services rendered in the form of brand promotion from April 1, 2006, to March 31, 2010. In addition, service tax of Rs 3.88 lakh is to be paid against the income from renting personal premises in 2009-10,” sources added.
After the department issued a showcause notice to Harbhajan, he had approached CESTAT for relief. The tribunal had on October 8, 2012, ordered him to submit pre-deposits to entertain the appeal and grant an injunction on paying the rest till the final decision.