New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got income tax refunds at least five times in the last 18 years, while Congress chief Rahul Gandhi has received six refunds during the same period.
Besides, the refunds for assessment years 2015-16 and 2012-13 got “adjusted against outstanding demand” in case of Modi, while it was the case for Gandhi in assessment year 2011-12. This is based on the online ‘refund status’ service provided by the Tax Information Network of the Income Tax Department, managed by NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Limited.
The refund status since the assessment year 2001-02 can be checked online on this platform with an individual’s PAN, which has been sourced from the election affidavits filed by the political leaders for the Lok Sabha polls 2019. Rahul Gandhi’s mother and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has also got at least five refunds since the assessment year 2001-02, but there is no adjustment against any outstanding demand for her in this time period.
On the other hand, BJP chief Amit Shah’s income tax refund got “adjusted against outstanding demand” for the assessment year 2015-16. The TIN-NSDL records do not show any other refund for him in the last 18 years. While the portal does not disclose the amount of the refund, it mentions the date of the refund or adjustment, the challan sequence number and the mode of payment (cheque or direct credit), among other details.
As per the ‘refund status’ records, Modi got his refund for the assessment year 2018-19 through ‘direct credit’ to his account on Sept 26, 2018. The refund for the same year took place on Oct 6, 2018 for Sonia Gandhi and on March 26, 2019 for Rahul Gandhi.
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