Akshay Kumar, who starred in a recent Income-Tax Department advertisement to promote compliance, has lived up to hisimage by becoming the highest tax payer from among the film fraternity for the second straight year. Mr Kumar paid an advance tax of Rs 9 crore in March, 2010, taking his total advance tax payment in the current financial year to Rs 18 crore. He paid Rs 31 crore in 2008-09, a period that saw him delivering hits after hits. Aamir Khan, with a tax payment of Rs 12 crore, stands next in the ladder with Shah Rukh Khan following him.
Among the Bachchans, Abhishek paid an advance tax of Rs 4.15 crore in March, 2010, while his wife Aishwarya Rai paid Rs 2 crore. Father Amitabh Bachchan paid advance tax of Rs 2.9 crore in March, 2010, taking his total advance tax payment in the year to Rs 4 crore. Ranbir Kapoor is the new kid on the block to join the Bollywood’s top taxpayers’ club with an advance tax payment of Rs 2.1 crore in March, 2010.
Saif Ali Khan made a payment of Rs 1.52 crore in March 2010 substantially lower than Rs 5 crore he paid in March, 2009. His lady love Kareena Kapoor paid an advance tax of Rs 1.45 crore in March 2010 taking the total to Rs 3.65 crore. Salman Khan closely followed Saif with an advance tax payment of Rs 1.5 crore, but occupied the fourth position with a total tax payment of Rs 5.5 crore in the financial year.