The Income Tax department now has zeroed in on doctors running nursing homes and speciality clinics. A series of surveys conducted in the past few months saw doctors with flourishing practices reach for their cell phones to call up their chartered accountants.
A multi-speciality clinic, Suretech Hospital, was the object of the Income Tax department's attention on Wednesday evening.
Around ten officials called on the leading hospital at bustling Dhantoli and scanned books of accounts and computers. Special care was taken to ensure that patients were not harassed or inconvenienced in any way.
Suretech Hospital is run by a trust, promoted six years ago, by Raju Deshmukh, an orthopaedist.
The clinic offers facilities such as pediatric ICU, ventilators and other state-of-the-art services. A number of specialist doctors are attached to the hospital.
Before Suretech, records of at least five hospitals, three in the past seven days, have been checked in the city. The number of surveys on businessmen have also gone up. Experts see this as a good tactic for increasing tax collections.
Surveys have been conducted independently by the investigation wing of the Income Tax department and the Nagpur Income Tax commissionerate.
The commissionerate have held around eight surveys in August, of which, one lead to the declaration of concealed income of Rs 6 crore from an industrialist.
Sources said, this was the highest declaration made in any such action in the recent past. Not even raids have unearthed such huge sums, they said.
An overall income disclosure more than Rs 8 crore was made during the month, sources informed.