Indian currency at a cash counter inside a bank in Calcutta in June 2012

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Undeclared earnings or “black cash” is a large difficulty in India

A tax evasion amnesty in India has prompted tens of 1000’s of individuals to declare greater than $9.5bn (¬£7.3bn) in undeclared earnings and property.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley mentioned the four-month window that ended on Friday introduced in 64,275 declarations.

All have been supplied immunity from prosecution in return for paying tax, a surcharge and a penalty.

It’s estimated that the federal government might increase almost $four.5bn (¬£three.4bn) from the scheme.

Undeclared earnings or “black cash” is a large difficulty in India.

The federal government contacted about 700,000 suspected tax evaders earlier this 12 months, urging them to declare hidden earnings and property.

They have been informed they might not be pursued by the authorities in the event that they got here clear and paid a penalty.

Those that got here ahead included a gaggle of avenue meals house owners in Mumbai who’re mentioned to have declared almost $7.5m.

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The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi says that regardless of the massive numbers, the quantity declared is barely a fraction of the nation’s undisclosed earnings.

It doesn’t account for cash stashed in Swiss banks and abroad tax havens which some authorities investigators consider quantities to round $500bn, he says.

Throughout India’s 2014 elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to crack down on corruption and black cash.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, he declared the amnesty “profitable”, saying it was “an awesome contribution in the direction of transparency and progress of the economic system”.

The federal government says the cash raised might be spent on public welfare.

Authorities have been below stress to behave following the discharge of the so-called Panama Papers in April that lifted the lid on how the wealthy and highly effective use tax havens to cover their wealth. About 500 Indians have been amongst these named.