Indian Court Releases Nokia Factory Seized by the Tax Authorities
Published on: 12th Dec 2013
By: Ian Mansfield
Delhi's High Court ordered the tax authorities to release the factory in Chennai which is one of Nokia's largest in a move that makes Nokia's handset division sale to Microsoft easier to complete.
Nokia was asked to make a deposit of USD367 million with the court in order to release the assets.
However, the tax dispute itself is still outstanding, and it was revealed that it could reach as high as USD3.4 billion when all the possible penalties and interest payments are included.
Nokia still denies that the tax on software transfers is payable, as there is a dual-taxation avoidance treaty with Finland to prevent the software being taxed in both countries.