The most important reason, however, for an income tax raid is some information with the Director of Inspection or Commissioner of Income Tax etc., whereby he has reason to believe that the person whose premises are to be searched, is in receipt or possession of unaccounted or undisclosed money, property or income. Hence, you must ensure that you are never in possession of any such unaccounted money, property or income, irrespective of whether you are an assessee, or otherwise. In case you have some unaccounted income, you should declare it before the A.O. or the C.I.T. Thus, where a voluntary disclosure is made by a person about the hitherto undisclosed income or property, before its detection by the Income Tax Department, there are fair chances that you would not be caught in the trap of an income tax raid. Please remember, that an income tax raid may be conducted not merely against a person who is the owner of undisclosed income, but equally against a person who is in possession of the same, even though it does not necessarily belong to him. Therefore, it is important for a person, while having the custody of someone else’s jewellery or any other valuable article, to make sure that the same is duly accounted for. He should obtain a letter from the owner of the jewellery, etc. to the effect that the same belongs to him and that it represents disclosed income or property of the owner. Thus, where a person takes necessary precaution about a proper disclosure of the property or income in his possession, there would not be any risk of inviting an income tax raid.
Every tax payer must, therefore, make all out efforts to comply with all the above mentioned provisions so that the chances of income tax raid are avoided. In case unaccounted assets, etc. are found during the course of income tax raid, then only do you have to pay both tax and penalty, but you may also face prosecution.