[Reader-list] Posco slapped with Rs 100 tax evasion notice

Asit Das asit1917 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 03:12:12 CST 2013

*Posco slapped with Rs 100 tax evasion notice - Mumbai - dna*
Posco slapped with Rs 100 tax evasion notice
Sunday, Nov 3, 2013, 9:35 IST | Agency: DNA
Sudhir Suryawanshi <http://www.dnaindia.com/authors/sudhir-suryawanshi>

If unpaid, the company could face coercive action.
[image: File photo of Anti-Posco protesters]
File photo of Anti-Posco protesters

The state sales tax department has slapped a Rs100-crore Value Added Tax
(VAT) evasion notice on Posco, the Korean based steel manufacturing
company’s three associate contractors. “If this Rs100 crore is not paid by
these contractors then we will initiate coercive action against them. It is
the biggest tax evasion in Maharashtra,” senior sales tax department told

Posco spokesperson Shanti Swaroop said they were unaware of the notice.

According to the sales tax department, Posco Engineering and Construction
Co Ltd, Posco Engineering and Construction India Pvt Ltd and Dongyong
Construction Corporation Ltd had accepted contract worth of Rs1,400 crore
for the erection of Posco’s cold rolling plant and galvanising plant at
Mangaon in Raigad district.

“Our investigation revealed that these three contractors had paid 5% VAT on
the total cost of the contract. However, as per MVAT Act 2002, the
applicable rate is 8% for the non-engineering portion of the construction
and 5% for the civic portion. The evasion of 3% VAT, plus 15% interest and
25% penalty. This amount comes almost Rs100 crore,” said another senior
sales tax official on  condition of anonymity.

Posco set up its plant at Mangaon in 2011 and has been manufacturing cold
rolled sheets, stainless steel industrial pipes, cold rolled strip steel,
steel strips etc.

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