I-T Department Freezes Cognizant's Accounts Chennai, Mumbai Over Tax Irregularities

Cognizant failed to pay the tax of more than 25 billion rupees in 2016-17, the Hindu reported, citing officials from the tax department.

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I-T Department Freezes Cognizant's Accounts Chennai, Mumbai Over Tax Irregularities

The Income Tax Department has frozen Cognizant's accounts in Chennai and Mumbai

Income Tax department has frozen Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp's bank accounts and deposits in Chennai and Mumbai for allegedly evading a dividend distribution tax (DDT), according to a report on Tuesday.

A Cognizant spokesman confirmed the report and said in a statement that a court has instructed the tax department not to take further action pending further hearings.

Cognizant failed to pay the tax of more than 25 billion rupees ($385 million) in the 2016-17 financial year, the Hindu reported, citing officials from the tax department.

Cognizant said it had paid all applicable taxes due on the transaction.

The company's accounts were frozen a week back and it had approached the High Court against the tax department, according to the report.

"Cognizant's business operations, our associates and our work with clients are not impacted by actions recently attempted by the Indian Income Tax Department," the company said.

A Cognizant spokesman declined to give more details, while tax department officials could not be reached for comment outside regular business hours.

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The U.S.-listed IT services has significant operations in India where the majority of its 260,000 employees reside.

(Reporting by Arjun Panchadar in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)
 
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