Published On : Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Business News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

MSOs, cable operators asked to provide details of STBs installed

Nagpur Sales Tax Department to recover 12.5 pc tax on amount received by them


Nagpur News: The Sales Tax Department in Nagpur has decided to issue notices to 600 cable operators as well as four Multi Service Operators (MSOs) for recovering 12.5 per cent Sales Tax.

According to sources, 4.70 lakh set top boxes (STBs) have been installed across the Nagpur city. There are four MSOs and 600 cable operators. But since not a single cable operator paid sales tax, the Department sought information from District Administration on the number of MOSs and cable operators. After receiving the information the Sales Tax Department initiated the action and decided to issue notices to MSOs and cable operators. The Department will seek details like number of set top boxes installed and the amount received by them. Similarly, they will be asked to submit receipts of set top boxes installed, and then the sales tax at the rate of 12.5 per cent would be levied and recovered from MSOs and the cable operators.

The District Administration has decided to hold a meeting on April 12 after the Administration received several complaints from consumers who said the operators did not issue receipts despite demanded by them. The meeting will be presided over by Deputy Collector Asha Pathan. The District Administration has already directed the cable operators to issue receipts and also not to charge over and above the cost of set top boxes. There are complaints that some operators were overcharging the consumers for installation of set top boxes.

“The Sales Tax Department will take stringent action such as recovering a hefty fine if a cable operator quotes the number of set top boxes less and also misleads over the amount of money he received from the consumers. The Department has all the information regarding the set top boxes installed and the amount received by the operators,” said Rekha Chondekar, Deputy Commissioner (Investigation), Nagpur Sales Tax Department.

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