Paid Rs 22,300 cr to public finances in India in FY14: Vodafone

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New Delhi | January 31, 2015 8:00 AM

British telecom major Vodafone today said its Indian arm has contributed over 2.2 billion...

British telecom major Vodafone today said its Indian arm has contributed over 2.2 billion pound (about Rs 22,300 crore) to public finances, including taxes, for financial year ended March 31, 2014.

“In 2013-14 our direct and indirect contributions to Indian public finances exceeded GBP 2.2 billion,” Vodafone today said in its report on tax and its total contribution to public finances.

The company paid GBP 254 million, about Rs 2,536 crore, directly as taxes, GBP 1,088 million (Rs 10,863 crore ) as non-tax, indirect revenue contribution of GBP 893 million (Rs 8,916 crore) to Indian government, as per the report.

Vodafone also made capital investment of GBP= 715 million (Rs 7,139 crore) in India, it added.

“Vodafone has become one of India’s largest investors: we have spent more than GBP 12.8 billion in building our business in the country since 2007. We are also one of the country’s largest taxpayers,” the report said.

The company at present is involved in a Rs 20,000 crore tax dispute with Indian government pertaining to its acquisition of Hutchison share in 2007 in a telecom joint venture Hutchison Essar. It was through this acquisition Vodafone entered Indian market.

Vodafone maintained that it has no tax due in the deal and it has filed for arbitration under the bilateral investment treaty between the Netherlands and India (the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) in an effort to resolve the dispute on April 17, 2014.

“Since then, both the Indian government and Vodafone have appointed arbitrators, however, we have yet to agree on a third arbitrator who would be the chairman of the international tribunal,” Vodafone said.

On Wednesday, Indian government had decided not to appeal against a court ruling which had set aside the tax demand on Vodafone in transfer pricing case.

Globally, the company paid contributed GBP 14.75 billion in cash to the public finances in countries where it operates which is up from GBP 13.5 billion in 2012-13.

“This includes a year-on-year increase of more than GBP 300 million in direct taxes paid to European governments and an increase of nearly GBP 1 billion in government revenues in the AMAP region from non-taxation-based sources such as spectrum fees,” Vodafone said.


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