The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has paid a substantial Rs 4,298 crore in income tax over the past five years. Contrary to popular belief, the BCCI, despite being widely perceived to have tax exemption, has consistently fulfilled its income tax obligations. This was revealed by Union Minister of State for Finance, Pankaj Chaudhary, during a statement he made in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, August 8.
In the last five years alone, the BCCI has contributed a total of Rs 4,298.12 crore towards income tax. The breakdown of these tax payments is as follows: Rs 844.92 crore in 2020-21, Rs 882.29 crore in 2019-20, Rs 815.08 crore in 2018-19, Rs 596.63 crore in 2017-18, and an additional Rs 1,159.20 crore in the most recent financial year.
The disclosure came in response to a query posed by member Anil Desai. The member’s questions were as follows:
“(a) Whether the Government is aware that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ranks as the second richest sports body globally, and if so, could the income and expenditure of the BCCI over the past five years be provided?
(b) Whether the BCCI has made any income tax payments during the last five years, and if so, could the specifics be elucidated?
(c) If not, could the reasons behind this be explained?”
In reply, the Minister stated that the Government does not maintain data pertaining to sports bodies on a global scale. Nevertheless, he presented the Income and Expenditure details as per the income tax returns filed over the preceding five years, which showed that the BCCI has had a surplus of Rs 4542 crore in the 2021-22 fiscal year itself, to go with that of nearly INR 1650 Cr and INR 2700 Crore in 2020-21 and 2019-2020 respectively. For the same, the Indian cricket board had paid taxes as mentioned above.