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BBC accepts it evaded taxes in India, agrees to pay Rs 40 crore

According to a report by, the BBC has agreed to cough up Rs 40 crore to make up for their tax evasion over a period of almost 6 years, from 2016 to 2022.


Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Jun 2023 9:48 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has reportedly admitted that it evaded taxes in India and is now committing to pay Rs 40 crore in tax arrears. According to a report in the Times of India, the BBC has yet to file revised returns or provide their commitment to the tax authorities in writing.

The report said that tax sources have said that BBC has only made a statement of intent so far and no payment has been received by the IT department.

According to a report by, the BBC has agreed to cough up Rs 40 crore to make up for their tax evasion over a period of almost 6 years, from 2016 to 2022.

In February 2023, the BBC offices were surveyed by tax authorities for three days. After the survey, the Finance Ministry issued a statement explaining the depth of tax fraud committed by the BBC.

Without naming BBC, the statement said that a survey action under Section 133A of the Income Tax Act, 1961 (the Act) was carried out at the business premises of group entities of a prominent international media company in Delhi and Mumbai.

The statement noted that BBC is engaged in the business of developing content in English, Hindi, and various other Indian languages; advertising sales; market support services; etc. in India.

The statement said that the income and profits shown by various group entities under BBC India do not match their scale of operations in India, as the quantity of content in India is substantial. In the raid by the Income Tax Department, which has been described as a survey, several pieces of evidence were found that show that tax has not been paid on certain remittances that have not been disclosed as income in India by the foreign entities of the group.

The ministry further informed that the survey revealed that BBC India had made remittances to its foreign offices for utilising the services of seconded employees, or temporary employees sent from overseas. While such remittances are subject to withholding tax, the BBC avoided it.

Further, the I-T department also found discrepancies and inconsistencies with regard to transfer pricing documentation. Such discrepancies relate to the level of relevant function, asset, and risk (FAR) analysis, the incorrect use of comparables that are applicable to determine the correct arm's length price (ALP), and inadequate revenue apportionment, among others, the statement said.

The ministry has said that the survey operation has resulted in the unearthing of crucial evidence by way of statements of employees, digital evidence, and documents, which will be further examined in due course. "It is pertinent to state that statements of only those employees were recorded whose role was crucial, including those connected to, primarily, finance, content development, and other production-related functions," the ministry said.

Interestingly, while the "liberal" ecosystem in India tried to defend the BBC and blame the Modi government for conducting the survey at the BBC premises, the broadcasting company has a notable past of tax evasion and fraud. For example, thousands of public employees, including those at the BBC, were not paying their taxes at the source, according to a 2012 report from the public accounts committee in the United Kingdom (UK). (Agencies)

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