Anushka Sharma moves Bombay HC against sales tax dept orders seeking dues

Actor Anushka Sharma has moved the Bombay High Court challenging two orders passed by the deputy commissioner of Sales Tax raising dues for 2012-13 and 2013-14 assessment years. A division bench of Justices directed the sales tax department to respond to her pleas and posted the matter for further hearing on February 6. Sharma has sought that the court quashed and set aside the orders passed by the Sales Tax department. The actor filed the petitiona after the HC in December 2022 refused to entertain a petition filed by Sharma's taxation consultant challenging the Sales Tax department orders. The HC had then noted that there was no reason why Anushka could not file the petitions herself. According to Sharma's petitions, she performed in films and at award ceremonies as a performer as part of a tri-party agreement with her agent, Yashraj Films Pvt Ltd and producers/event organisers. The assessing officer levied sales tax not on film consideration but on product endorsements and anchoring at award functions holding that Sharma had transferred her performer's rights, the pleas said.