"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.
    
"The company has been served fresh notices. Now it wants those notices to be included in the ongoing discussions under the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP). Officials from India and Finland would meet soon to decide on the course of action," the official said.

When contacted, the telecom company said, "Nokia has indeed received a claim from the tax authorities – it is largely about the same dispute as earlier, so we have nothing to add."
    
The government has been emphasising on early resolution of pending tax disputes with a view to make the tax regime more predictable and investor friendly.

 

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