The government in the year 2015 released 67 names of the tax defaulters list. These names were released in 3 installments under the “name and shame policy. The source of income for majority of the individuals and entities in the list is through jewelry, diamonds and gold. The first list released was released in March 2015 with 18 names. The total amount these members owe to the government is 500 crore. The second list was released month later i.e. April 2015 with 31 names. The tax skimmed by these defaulters summed up to 1500 crore. The final list was released in December 2015 with 18 names and the due amount that has to be paid is 1,150 crore.This list is compiled by tax department and released by the finance ministry.

The list was published in leading national newspapers along with details regarding source of income, PAN number, and last known address and assessment years. The tax department has issued the notice to the defaulters to pay their taxes immediately. The department also welcomes public to come with any information regarding the defaulters. The public notice also points to the fact that the individuals or entities in the defaulters list are not “traceable” and do not have enough assets listed for recovery.Gujarat stands as the state with highest number of tax evaders. In the list of 67 ,24 are from Gujarat, followed by Gujarat Maharashtra and Telangana have 15 defaulters each.The first list for the year 2016 is released with 20 tax defaulter off which 3 are from Gujarat.