Source: 
Express buzz
http://expressbuzz.com/states/tamilnadu/information-on-i-t-returns-by-dmk-denied/246998.html
Date: 
11.02.2011
City: 
Chennai

The Commissioner of Income Tax in Chennai provided incomplete details on IT returns filed by the DMK despite the Chief Information Commissioner’s orders to do so, according to a report by the Association of Democratic Reforms and National Election Watch.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Anil Bairwal, the national coordinator of Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), said despite the DMK clearly mentioning that it has enclosed audited accounts for the year end, balance sheet and the income and expenditure statements were missing from the I-T returns provided by the Income Tax Office.

“These sheets are part and parcel of the Income Tax return and without this information, analysis of the I-T returns is impossible,” said Bairwal.

Political parties under section 13A of Income Tax Act and Section 29 (B) of The Representation of the People’s Act get tax exemption on their income if they declare all contributions received by them above Rs 20,000. ADR, however, could not get a copy of the contribution reports submitted by the DMK for the year 2006-07 and 2007-08 either from I-T authorities or from the Election Commission. “We have filed RTIs with respective authorities and are awaiting their response,” Bairwal added.

“We only have the contribution report of DMK for the year 2008-09, which is Rs 1.65 crore,” he said.

The maximum contribution came from Pongalur Palanisamy of Rs 1.05 crore, followed by K Ramachandran and Pallavan Transport Corporation to the tune of Rs 50 lakh and Rs 10 lakh, respectively.

In contrast, the AIADMK had provided all the details of its income. In 2006-07, the party had Rs 6.4 crore while for 2007-08 it had Rs 3.01 crore. In 2008-09, the declared income by the party was Rs 12.5 crore. The party has also reported donations worth Rs 21 lakh in 2008-09 while in 2009-2010, it received donation worth Rs 5 lakh.

The maximum contribution came from Vee Yen Granites (Rs 10.08 lakh), followed by Raj Shree Sugar and Chemicals and G Gopu Raghuraman of Rs 10 lakh, the ADR report added.

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