Amitabh-Bachchan-1 (1)Setting aside Bombay High Court order that gave relief to Actor Amitabh Bachchan in a tax dispute arising from his income from his show KBC in 2001, Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed Income Tax Department to reopen the case.

According to IT department, the mega star owes 1.66 crores in taxes for his show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

The IT Department in its petition has alleged that the actor in his returns filed for the assessment year 2001-02 showed his taxable income to be about Rs 3.23 crore while the Assessing Officer (AO) assessed the money earned by Bachchan to be around Rs 26 crore including the amount he had earned from the TV show, KBC.

The AO’s order was upheld by the Commissioner of Income Tax, but both the orders was set aside by the ITAT against which the authorities had moved the high court.

A similar plea is pending since May 2009 in the apex court which had earlier issued notice to the megastar.

Earlier in 2008, the high court had allowed I-T exemption on 30 per cent of Bachchan’s total income of Rs 50.92 crore from the show.

The high court had accepted the actor’s plea that being an artiste he should be given tax relief under Section 80 RR of the Income-Tax Act.

The I-T department in its appeal had challenged the order on the ground that the relief is for those artistes who either earn by performing outside the country or receive payment from foreign agencies.

It was submitted by the I-T department that Bachchan was acting as an anchor in the television programme show for Star India Ltd and cannot be termed artiste for his role in the show.