NEW DELHI: Following the directive of the Honorable Supreme Court of India, the Income Tax department has reopened a 2001 case against Bollywood actor Amitabh Bacchan over his earnings during the quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepathi’.
In its order the apex court has set aside the Bombay High court’s decision exempting Amitabh Bacchan from tax payment. With this, the IT department will start fresh proceedings against the actor for the payment of Rs 1.66 crore as Income tax for his earnings during the year 2001-02 by hosting the popular Quiz program ‘KBC’.
Earlier, in 2008, the Bombay High Court had allowed Income tax exemption on 30 percent of Bachchan’s total income of Rs 50.92 crore from the show. The court accepted the actor’s plea, requesting for tax exemption under section 80RR of the Income Tax Act. Mr Bacchan said that he is entitled to receive tax exemption under the specified law, being an artiste.
In its counter challenging the plea, the IT department conferred that the tax exemption is only to those who earn by performing outside the country or who receive payments through foreign agencies. It has cleared mentioned that the actor has worked as an ‘anchor’ for a television show and that he cannot be termed as an ‘artiste’ for his role in the show.