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State Taxes deptt inspects sweets, bakery shops.

State Taxes department on Monday inspected some famous sweets and bakery shops here in Jammu and sensitized the owners to properly maintain the record of their earnings.

During the day-long drive, the officials of the department inspected the famous eating destinations at Gandhi Nagar area and some other establishments and took a look at their sales, in order to cross-check whether they are properly maintaining their accounts.

According to additional commissioner, state taxes (Administration and Enforcement), Jammu, Mohammad Shahid Saleem Dar, the drive was launched after a huge mismatch of Rs 90 lakh was detected during one such drive at a famous restaurant on Jammu-Udhampur stretch of the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

The officer said that the owners of the establishment are paying tax on that (mismatch of accounts) now.

“From that day (detection of mismatch), we started to check whether these sellers of sweets, restaurants and other people selling hot items involving high taxes, are properly maintaining their accounts,” Dar told Greater Kashmir. He further said, “There were some flaws in the tax collection in the new tax regime. There was some hanky-panky. So, we, as a department, thought that we should also check other business establishments, because if a mismatch is not detected at the initial stage, it will become huge amount afterwards.”

On whether records of the establishments inspected were confiscated, he said, “No, we didn’t harass or penalize anyone as they are taxpayers. They collect tax on our behalf. We just took their sales to cross check whether they have filed proper returns.”

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