Bodh Gaya Mahabodhi Temple Gets Income Tax Notice
A notice issued for Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi Temple from Income Tax Department Buddhism’s holiest shrine, for not filing annual return of its income of over Rs 100 crore through donations, an official said Saturday.
Saurav Roy Deputy Commissioner of IT department said notice was issued to both Gaya Temple Management Committee(BMTC) for not filing return. He cited the delay on the part of IT department to issue a PAN card to the temple committee. Dorjee asked ” In the absence of the PAN card, how can the temple committee will file its return.”
An IT Official in Patna told IANS on the condition of anonymity that temple committee has never filed return of its income and expenditure till date. He also said that every one including religious and non religious institutions which have sources of income are required to file the IT returns annually as per the law.
Doorjee said the temple committee would start filing returns soon after it gets the PAN number. Last year too, the IT department served notice to the temple committee for not filing of returns.
The 1,500 year old Mahabodhi temple is a World Heritage Site, where the Budha,who was born at Lumbini in neighbouring Nepal, attained enlightenment around 2,500 years ago.
The Both Gaya temple is visited by millions of pilgrims annually from all over the world, especially from Sri Lanka, China, Japan and the southeast Asian region.