India turns down Apple’s tax incentive demand

“The Department of Revenue has said no to the tax incentive demand of US-based iPhone maker Apple, which wants to set up a manufacturing unit in the country,” Press Trust of India reports.

“In a communication to the government, the Cupertino-based technology major has asked for incentives from the Department of Revenue and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeITy),” PTI reports. “Besides exemption from the Customs duty on imports of components and equipment for 15 years, Apple wants relaxation in the mandated 30 percent local sourcing of components.

PTI reports, “Apple had earlier indicated to the government that it is ready with a blueprint to begin manufacturing iPhones in India, but wants fiscal concessions, including Customs duty waiver on import of components.”

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  1. Apple’s superb gadgets are such powerful magnets that Apple should set up a manufacturing facility on the Moon to reenergize and promote the now dormant space exploration.

  2. Not dormant anymore!

    President Trump just signed a bill authorizing $19.5 billion in funding for NASA — the first such authorization bill for the space agency in seven years!

    “It’s been a long time since a bill like this has been signed reaffirming our national commitment to the core mission of NASA, human space exploration, space science and technology.” – President Trump

    1. Hey look it’s an attention whore spouting off stuff that has nothing to do with the topic at hand.

      I mean you could not even find it within yourself to at least insult India? Where’s your patriotism.

      Mind you trying to usurp the thread with irrelevancy is a nice cyber terrorist act.

      We need some MAGA (Make Assholes Go Away) here.

      Now as to the issue at hand, since you are incapable of it.

      Apple’s sure to continue negotiating with India to reach an agreement satisfactory to both parties, after all unlike their home country, Apple does respect the sovereignty and laws of other nations.

    2. First Then, all it takes is a press event and you go weak in the knees, your heart bursting with partisan fervor. Cheering a socialist program of all things.

      But if you read the order, it does nothing. It keeps NASA at current low funding levels.

      Trump intends to spend more money building isolationist walls to make us less popular and less safe and less competitive instead of increasing investment in tech and education.

  3. Good for India.

    Its past time to stop giving away tax breaks to companies. For ever tax dollar they give to Apple and others, thats a tax dollar that doesn’t go to services people need, or a tax dollar that must be made up elsewhere, usually by those lease able to afford it.

  4. With the large Android user base, I don’t think India is particularly desperate for smartphones even it is the iPhone. Now, if India had no significant smartphone presence in the country Apple might have a bigger stick and carrot to wield.

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