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China Telco Giant Vivo Accused of $280m India Tax Evasion

India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence said an investigation had detected customs duty evasion

Vivo India tax probe
A scooterist rides past a shopping complex with the billboard of Chinese smartphone maker Vivo in Ahmedabad, India, on December 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters


Chinese telecoms giant Vivo Mobile has been accused by an Indian government agency of evading taxes worth $280 million.

The tax evasion allegation is India’s second this week against a Chinese phone-maker.

India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said it had detected customs duty evasion, following which it has issued a show cause notice to Vivo India, it said in a statement.

A show cause notice is a formal demand on an accused party to justify themselves.


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The DRI’s investigation led to the finding of “incriminating evidence indicating wilful mis-declaration in the description of certain items imported,” the statement said.

Vivo India did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Last month, Reuters reported India’s financial crime-fighting agency, the Enforcement Directorate, raided Vivo.

On Tuesday, the DRI issued a show-cause notice to Oppo, another Chinese phone-maker, demanding duty of 44 billion Indian rupees ($556.57 million).


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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