September 6, 2017 / 3:10 PM / 16 days ago

India cracks down on directors of shell companies

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Directors of Indian shell companies that have not filed tax returns for at least three years have been disqualified from re-appointment or from being appointed to similar roles elsewhere, India’s finance ministry said on Wednesday.

The move, part of a crackdown on illegal transactions and tax evasion, comes a day after authorities froze the bank accounts of 209,032 suspected shell companies.

In a statement, the ministry said the latest action would disqualify as many as 300,000 directors.

Tax officials say shell companies - which have no active business operations or assets - are used to obscure ultimate beneficiaries, conceal political investment, evade tax, commit fraud or manipulate tenders.

Reporting by Rajesh Kumar Singh, editing by Larry King

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