Crorepati (KBC), Harshvardhan Nawathe is being re-visited by the tax Harshvardhan Nawathe had won the Rs 1 crore jackpot on KBC in 2000 man.
A division bench of the Bombay High Court last week admitted an appeal filed by the Income Tax Department. I-T has challenged the order of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) which had waived off Nawathe’s tax liability of about 40 per cent on the winnings in 2000-2001.
Nawathe had clubbed his winnings with his regular earnings for 2000-2001. He had paid Rs 35 lakh towards tax. However, the I-T later realised that this earnings from the win would have to be calculated under Section 115bb of the Income Tax Act.
After the ITAT rejected the additional claim of the I-T department last year, the I-T approached the HC.
[Tax on winnings from lotteries, crossword puzzles, races including horse races, card games and other games of any sort or gambling or betting of any form or nature whatsoever.
115BB. Where the total income of an assessee includes any income by way of winnings from any lottery or crossword puzzle or race including horse race (not being income from the activity of owning and maintaining race horses) or card game and other game of any sort or from gambling or betting of any form or nature whatsoever, the income-tax payable shall be the aggregate of
(i) the amount of income-tax calculated on income by way of winnings from such lottery or crossword puzzle or race including horse race or card game and other game of any sort or from gambling or betting of any form or nature whatsoever, at the rate of [thirty] per cent; and
(ii) the amount of income-tax with which the assessee would have been chargeable had his total income been reduced by the amount of income referred to in clause (i).
Explanation.For the purposes of this section, horse race shall have the same meaning as in section 74A.]