Chinese smartphone makers, including Oppo Mobile, Vivo India and Xiaomi Technology, have been found evading taxes worth Rs. 9,000 crore in India, Parliament was informed on Friday.
Data shared by the Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha showed tax evasion of around Rs. 9,000 crore, comprising customs duty and GST, has been detected between 2018-19 and 2022-23.
The government has recovered Rs. 1,629.87 crore from the companies during the period.
According to the data, Oppo Mobile India has been found evading Rs. 5,086 crore in taxes which includes Rs. 4,403 crore in customs duty and Rs. 683 crore in the form of GST.
Vivo has evaded taxes worth Rs. 2,923.25 crore comprising Rs. 2,875 crore in customs duty and Rs. 48.25 crore in GST, according to the written reply by Chandrasekhar.
Tax evasion of Rs. 851.14 crore has been detected in the case of Xiaomi Technology India comprising Rs. 682.51 crore in customs duty and Rs. 168.63 crore in GST.
Chandrasekhar shared that customs duty evasion of Rs. 4,389 crore was detected in 2019-20 in the case of Oppo Mobile India, out of which Rs. 450 crore has been recovered.
Vivo India Mobile was found to be evading customs duty of Rs. 2,217 crore out of which Rs. 72 crore has been recovered in 2020-21.
In 2019-20, Xiaomi Technology India was found to be evading custom duty of Rs. 653.02 crore out of which Rs. 46 lakh has been recovered.
In 2022-23, Vivo Mobile India was found evading Rs. 658 crores.
According to the official data, Lenovo has evaded Rs. 42.36 crore GST.
Government has been able to recover Rs. 1,214.83 crore from Oppo, Rs. 168.25 crore from Vivo and Rs. 92.8 crore from Xiaomi, as per the official data.
The minister was replying to a question on the number of Chinese handset companies which have evaded taxes and made illegal remittances in India.
Chandrasekhar said that the cumulative turnover of Chinese mobile handset companies in 2021-22 was estimated to be Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in India.
“The total direct employment generated by them in their manufacturing operations is more than 75,000. They also have sales and operational workforce of around 80,000 workers,” the minister said.