A striking Rs 9,000 cr tax evasion by Chinese mobile companies in India, with a meager Rs 1,629 cr reclaimed.

Several well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturers, including Oppo Mobile, Vivo India, and Xiaomi Technology, have been caught red-handed in a captivating tax evasion scandal, dodging a staggering ₹9,000 crore in taxes in India, as revealed in Parliament. The Minister of State for electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, disclosed the astonishing data on Friday (July 21), showing a tax evasion spree involving customs duty and GST detected between 2018-19 and 2022-23.

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During this period, the government valiantly managed to recover ₹1,629.87 crore from these crafty companies.

In this intriguing saga, Oppo Mobile India Pvt Ltd emerged as a major evader, accused of sidestepping ₹5,086 crore in taxes, consisting of ₹4,403 crore in customs duty and ₹683 crore in GST. Meanwhile, Vivo faced charges of evading taxes worth ₹2,923.25 crore, encompassing ₹2,875 crore in customs duty and ₹48.25 crore in GST. Xiaomi Technology India Pvt Ltd was also entangled in the web of tax evasion, facing ₹851.14 crore in detected tax fraud, comprising ₹682.51 crore in customs duty and ₹168.63 crore in GST.

The government’s relentless pursuit led to the recovery of ₹450 crore from Oppo, ₹72 crore from Vivo, and ₹46 lakh from Xiaomi during various fiscal years.

Intriguingly, the minister’s response came in answer to a query about the number of Chinese handset companies involved in tax evasion and illegal remittances in India. Chandrasekhar further disclosed that the cumulative turnover of Chinese mobile handset companies in India for 2021-22 amounted to a whopping ₹1.5 lakh crore, providing employment to over 75,000 people in their manufacturing operations, while their sales and operational workforce comprised around 80,000 workers.

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