Prosecutions for tax evasion jumped sharply in the April to November period of 2017-18 to 2,225 cases, up from 784 in the same period a year earlier, on account of an intense crackdown on unaccounted wealth, the income tax department said on Friday.
Prosecutions have been initiated for wilful attempts to evade tax, failure in filing tax returns, making false statements in verification and failure to deposit the tax deducted or collected at source, the department said in a statement.
Prosecutions initiated increased by 184% as the department resorted to analysis of large amounts of data sourced from banks and other agencies in the months following the November 2016 demonetisation of high-value currencies.
The number of cases in which the accused admitted to the offence also nearly doubled in the April-November period of 2017-18 to 1052 from 575 in the corresponding period of the preceding year.
“The number of defaulters convicted by courts has also registered a sharp increase during the current fiscal. 48 persons were convicted for various offences during the current year up to the end of November, 2017 as compared to 13 convictions for the corresponding period in the immediately preceding year," said the department.