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Foxconn willing to buy Nokia’s Chennai plant. Nokia gets USD 21 mn tax relief in India

Nokia new logoIf it comes true, you may frankly imagine a Nokia N1 manufactured in Nokia’s now closed Chennai plant. Foxconn, the ODM that will be manufacturing and selling Nokia N1 has shown interest in buying the Nokia Chennai plant, if reports have to be believed.

Earlier reports had Indian manufacturer Lava reportedly in talks with Nokia to buy the plant and seems they have already visited the plant to do the assessment. With Foxconn ready to invest USD 2 Billion in India though, it may emerge as the likely buyer, given Nokia-Foxconn partnership for Nokia N1.

The tax issue, which forced the plant out of Nokia-Microsoft deal still needs to be sorted out though. But, given the new government’s tax stand, Nokia may be hopeful of getting the asset freeze lifted in near-future. As per ET’s report,

The telecom and IT ministry has proposed to the revenue department that Nokia be allowed to sell the plant, currently frozen in a tax dispute, without passing on the legal liability to the buyer, people familiar with the matter told ET.

In a related development, Chennai High Court has provided a favorable ruling to Nokia by setting aside a Rs 131 crore ( 21 million USD) tax claim by Tamil Nadu taxes department. This comes as a relief to Nokia.

The judge added that the orders were based on irrelevant considerations and in violation of the principles of natural justice.

According to a counsel for Nokia India, the total amount in dispute was to the tune of ₹131 crore.

On the assessments over imposition of tax on capital assets, the judge set aside the Department’s order and asked the assessing officer to make a “fresh consideration after giving full opportunity, including affording an opportunity for a personal hearing, to the petitioner”.

Source:  ET  HBL

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  • Jeff

    I have said I would never support anything India related because of the country’s tax practices. Although this might seem generally harsh, I stand by those words. The chance that the new government might act fast in solving the Nokia tax issue, I could reconsider my stance. Acting fast is imperative. This needs to be resolved by the end of the year.

  • JLIT99

    This is great news for the employees who were going to loose their jobs!

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