While Vodafone maintains no tax is due on the 2007 acquisition, it has told the government it is willing to explore the possibility of a “mutually acceptable solution”.
Vodafone further points it has become one of India’s largest investors, spending more than £12.8 billion in building its business in the country since 2007.
The operator is also one of India’s largest taxpayers.
In its country-by-country breakdown covering the financial year ended 31 March 2013, Vodafone said its direct and indirect contributions to Indian public finances exceeded £1.7 billion.
So it appears that Vodafone pays more taxes worldwide than it invests. But in India, it invests more than it gives the government. The government is trying to correct this with a retroactive tax, I guess?