Top south Indian actors evaded income tax for years: IT officials

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Income tax officials, who raided the properties of Tamil superstar Vijay in Chennai on Wednesday and Thursday, have revealed that the actor has been partially evading payment of taxes for five years.

The taxmen also raided the houses of actresses Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nayanthara and producers P.T. Selva Kumar and Shibu Thameens and financier Ramesh of Vijay’s latest Tamil release Puli.

(Also read: Income Tax raids at southern actors Vijay, Samantha, Nayantara’s houses)

According to the Income Tax Department all the stars, including Vijay, had been paying taxes but not the full amount. The total tax evaded amount comes to about Rs.25 crore.

“In our raid, cash amounting to Rs.2 crore and gold worth Rs.2 crore was recovered,” said an IT official.

Actresses Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nayanthara too have not been paying full tax for two years.

A total of over 30 places have been raided in Chennai, Cochin and Hyderabad.

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