Nokia Asked to Pay Up $370 mn in Taxes & Fine: Report

Finnish phone maker Nokia has been asked to pay Rs 2,000 cr (~$370 mn) in taxes and penalties by the Income Tax department for allegedly evading taxes.

Nokia-logo-psd43421Finnish phone maker Nokia has been asked to pay Rs 2,000 cr (~$370 mn) in taxes and penalties by the Income Tax department for allegedly evading taxes, according to a new report.

The Income Tax department had summoned Nokia’s audit firm & PricewaterhouseCoopers in relation to the alleged tax violation, the Press Trust of India reports.

Nokia has confirmed the development in a statement but did not reveal the amount involved. However, Nokia said that the penalty order has been suspended after the Delhi High Court began hearing their writ petition last week.

On March 22, the Delhi court asked the Income Tax department for its views on the case and suspended the tax demand while the hearing is underway.

Two months ago, tax authorities raided Nokia’s premises for suspected tax evasion to the tune of more than half a billion dollars.

India is one of the largest markets for Nokia.

Search giant Google, Microsoft and General Electric are some of the multinational companies fighting legal battles with the Income Tax department over tax assessment of previous years. Google was fined $14.5 mn for allegedly trying to evade taxes. Microsoft has been involved in a litigation on taxes on packaged software in India.

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