Chennai: Tamil actor Vijay claims that, contrary to reports filed by Income Tax sleuths, he has never evaded paying taxes.
Following searches at his residence in Chennai last week, Income Tax officials had claimed that the actor had been partially evading tax for the last five years.
"They (IT officials) raided my office and home last week to probe whether I have evaded tax or not. My family and staff offered full cooperation to the officials and presented all the documents of my income tax returns with evidence," Vijay said in a statement.
"I have been religiously paying income tax, wealth tax and professional tax for all my assets and income till this very financial year," he added.
Vijay also claimed that there was no truth in reports which stated that he hasn't been paying taxes regularly.
Besides Vijay, the homes and offices of actresses Nayanthara, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and producers of latest Tamil film Puli were also searched last week.
In their report, Income Tax officials revealed that all of them had evaded tax to the tune of Rs 25 crores. (Also Read: Puli Actor Vijay Evaded Income Tax For 5 Years: Officials)