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Giving up gas subsidy no more voluntary for affluent customers

The Income Tax department would soon begin sharing personal data - like PAN, residential address and mobile numbers - of taxpayers earning over `10 lakh per annum with the oil ministry as part of the

Published: 21st December 2016 01:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2016 08:46 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Income Tax department would soon begin sharing personal data - like PAN, residential address and mobile numbers - of taxpayers earning over `10 lakh per annum with the oil ministry as part of the government’s initiative to effectively block subsidised cooking gas for higher income groups.

As part of the deal between the two government departments, the taxman will also share the date of birth, gender, email ID, residential phone number and all available addresses of the taxpayer on its database so that the Petroleum and Oil Ministry could zero down on each LPG subscriber who is availing the subsidy beyond the stipulated rules and has not voluntarily given it up. 

The latest move has also been approved by the policy-making body of the department, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), in the backdrop of the government’s decision that tax payers with annual income more than `10 lakh will not get subsidised cooking gas.

“This tax data with the Oil Ministry will ensure that all those who have income above `10 lakh per year will automatically be barred from getting subsidised cooking gas cylinders. Only names of those ineligible will be shared with the concerned LPG distributor,” officials said.



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