New Delhi: The Income Tax department has slapped fresh tax notice on Nokia India, said tax authorities on Friday. The Finnish telecom firm, however, wants the fresh demand to be included in the ongoing negotiations between India and Finland to resolve the Rs 2,000-crore tax dispute. “Fresh tax demands notice has been served to Nokia India for dispute relating to other assessment years, apart from the one being contested currently in ITAT,” a senior Finance Ministry official said.
The official, however, did not reveal the demand raised or the action that the Income Tax Department has proposed. The department had in 2013 slapped a tax notice of Rs 2,000 crore on Nokia’s Indian subsidiary for violating the withholding tax norms since 2006 while making royalty payments to the parent company in Finland. Nokia’s mobile unit has now been sold off to Microsoft, but the Chennai factory, which is involved in the tax dispute was not included in the deal.