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Posted at: May 24, 2017, 12:18 AM; last updated: May 24, 2017, 12:18 AM (IST)

Govt offers tax sops to Apple to expand output: Official

Govt offers tax sops to Apple to expand output: Official
The Apple Inc. store is seen in Los Angeles, in this file photo. Reuters

New Delhi, May 23

India has offered to allow Apple Inc to import mobile handset components intended for use in local manufacturing tax-free, a top government official said on Tuesday.

The tax concessions will be subject to the condition of increasing local value addition over a period of time.

Apple Inc wants to expand its contract manufacturer's facility in the Indian tech hub of Bengaluru, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, said on Tuesday, as the iPhone maker seeks a bigger share in one of the world's biggest smartphone markets.

Apple, which sold over 50 million iPhones in the March quarter, down 1% year-on-year, is looking for new markets as its sales in China have weakened.

Among a set of tax concessions, Apple had initially sought a 15-year tax holiday for all components that it would import for setting up a manufacturing facility in India.

A panel of ministries rejected that demand and has offered a phased programme to increase the share of local production in the manufacturing, Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary at the Ministry of Electronics and IT said.

"We have offered them tax exemptions on those components which could not be manufactured in India," Sundararajan told Reuters, adding that local manufacturing component would have to be increased gradually.

Apple has agreed to increase local share in production over a period of time, but there was a difference between the plans of the two sides, she said. — Reuters

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