Tax action excessive, says Nokia

Protesting survey operation by the I-T department at its Chennai premises last month, mobile handset maker Nokia said actions of tax authorities are excessive, unacceptable and "run counter" to Indian and global standards.

On January 8, the income tax officials had conducted a survey operation in the premises of the Finnish cellphone major in Chennai on charges of alleged tax evasion. The company said it has not received any official information on the potential tax claims, and has only seen "wildly varying claims" from anonymous officials in the media. "We do not see any merit in any of the claims, and are ready to defend ourselves vigorously," it added.

A company spokesperson said Nokia today filed letters of objection in India protesting against the actions taken by the Income Tax authorities at Chennai, which they "believe run counter to the domestic laws of India and international standards".

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