Jammu & Kashmir

Assistant professors use ‘forged documents’ for tax evasion in Srinagar: Report

A file photo of Kashmir University.

Srinagar: Several assistant professors posted in different educational institutions in Srinagar are using ‘forged documents’ to evade the tax.

Reports reaching Kashmir Dot Com said most of the assistant professors have forged the documents showing that they are staying at rented accommodations in Srinagar.

The ground investigation reveals that they have their own residential houses in Srinagar and are not living in rented accommodation.

These professors have submitted the ‘falsifying and forged’ documents to claim tax exemptions or to reduce their tax liability.

An RTI revealed that over one hundred assistant professors are reducing their tax liability by showing that they are residing in rented accommodations.

“However, on the ground, the facts are different. These assistant professors have their own residential houses in Srinagar. In many cases, we found that the name of landlords they claim to have hired the accommodation at, doesn’t exist on the ground,” said Advocate Masoodi.

Tax evasion includes any activity that aims to hide, understate, or falsely report income to reduce tax liability by an individual, he said.

Srinagar-based news agency KDC is in possession of copies of the documents submitted by these professors for tax evasion, thus bringing the loss of crores of rupees to the state exchequer by cheating.

For most employees, House Rent Allowance (HRA) is a part of their salary structure. Although it is a part of your salary, HRA, unlike a basic salary, is not fully taxable. Subject to certain conditions, a part of HRA is exempted under Section 10 (13A) of the Income-tax Act, 1961.

The amount of HRA exemption is deductible from the total income before arriving at a gross taxable income. This helps an employee to save tax. The HRA received from the employer, is fully taxable if an employee is living in his own house or if he does not pay any rent. (KDC)


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