Vivo India transferred Rs 62,476 crore to China to avoid taxes

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According to a statement issued by the Enforcement Directorate, Rs 62,476 crore has been "illegally" transferred to China by smartphone maker Vivo to evade payment of taxes in India between 2017 and 2021.

  • Important facts 

  • 18 companies that were incorporated fraudulently helped the smartphone maker Vivo to transfer 50 percent of the turnover outside India to mainly China. 

  • Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 119 bank accounts of entities with a gross balance of Rs 465 crore have been seized so far.

  • While transferring money to China, Vivo India has shown losses in most of its associate firms.

  • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has filed a police complaint against Vivo's subsidiary Grand Prospect International Communication Pvt Ltd (GPICPL), its directors, shareholders, certifying professionals etc.

  • Prevention of Money Laundering Act

  • It was enacted in 2002 and came into force in 2005.

  • The objective of the Act is to prevent money laundering, that is, the process of converting black money into white.

  • The Act empowers government officials to confiscate property acquired through illegal sources and money laundering.

  • Under the Act the burden of proof lies with the accused, who has to prove that the suspect property has not been obtained through unfair means.

  • Enforcement Directorate

  • It is a specialised financial investigation agency under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

  • It is a law enforcement and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India.

  • Its name was changed to Enforcement Directorate (ED) in 1957.

  • Its headquarters is in New Delhi and has many regional offices all over the country.

  • The Directorate of Enforcement (ED)  - Sanjay Kumar Mishra

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