Shocked by IDR 6.5 Billion Tax Bill, Pedicab Driver Reports to Police

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NEW DELHI – An electronic rickshaw driver from Uttar Pradesh, India , was shocked after receiving a notification from the income tax department that he had to pay a tax of Rs3.47 crore (Rs34,754,896) or more than Rp6.5 billion. The pedicab driver also reported to the police.

Pratap Singh, a resident of Bakalpur village, has complained to the police about the matter. However, no First Information Report (FIR)—a police report in India—was filed against the tax department.

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The local police inspector, MP Singh, told Times of India, Tuesday (10/26/2021) that police found a Delhi based company registered with PAN (Permanent Account Number)—in Indonesia known as the Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP) on behalf of Pratap Singh.

The FIR, Singh said, would be filed based on further evidence gathered.

Singh had received a call from the income tax department on 19 October 2021, asking him to be present at his office. When he arrived, he was presented with a tax collection notice of Rs3.47 crore.

“I have been driving an electronic rickshaw for the last four years and earn Rs 400-500 a day, which is barely enough to feed five family members. I can’t even think of an amount like that,” he said.

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The income tax department advised him to file a police complaint because someone had taken a GST number (goods and services tax) against his PAN card and running a business that had a turnover of Rs43.4 crore in 2018-2019, and was responsible for paying taxes of almost Rs3.5 crore.

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