Kullu: Setting out to haul up tax evasion, excise and taxation officials after conducting raids on many hotels in Kullu-Manali have collected about Rs 9 lakhs taxes that the hotels were made to cough up against unpaid luxury taxes.
Ramesh Sharma, Excise and Taxation Commissioner Kullu to Hill Post disclosed, ““ We are keeping a close watch on tax evasion, especially from the hospitality industry a lot of tourists visit the Kullu Manali valley in the summers. In the last few days, from raids undertaken we have collected about Rs 9,00,000/- Lakhs from hotels in the valley.”
In the previous week the taxmen collected Rs 7,50,000/- taxes from the erring hotels.
Tourism is an important industry in Himachal Pradesh and the government imposes a luxury tax on hotels against all the room bookings that are made on a monthly basis. Despite a growing tourism trade, over the years the tax authorities have not been recording a rise in tax collections from the hospitality industry.