GST freezes actor Mahesh Babu’s bank accounts over service tax dues

The Goods and Services Tax department in Hyderabad has attached the bank accounts of  popular Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu, to recover service tax dues from him. According to the Hyderabad GST Commissionarate, Mahesh Babu has not paid the Service Tax during 2007-08 for the taxable services he rendered as brand ambassador, appearance money and advertising for promotion of products among others.

“The total tax due from him was Rs 18.5 lakh. Today the GST department has attached his bank accounts in Axis Bank and ICICI Bank for an amount of Rs 73.5 lakhs which includes tax, interest and penalty, it said.

The authorities said that Mahesh Babu failed to get any reprieve from any appellate authority on this issue. “We have attached the bank accounts and started recovering.. We have recovered Rs 42 lakh from Axis Bank. Balance, ICICI bank has to pay by tomorrow” they added.

Moreover, the 43-year-old actor cannot operate the bank accounts until he settles the tax dues with the department.

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