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Does India have a case to recover $1.9 billion in taxes from Tiger Global?

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  • Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter

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The Indian government wants to recover tax worth Rs14,500 crore ($1.9 billion) from New York-based Tiger Global, one of the largest investors in India’s tech startup sector. But does it have a case?

Earlier this week, news reports said Tiger Global may take India’s quasi-judicial body, Authority of Advance Ruling (AAR), to court over its claim that the investor has outstanding tax dues on its sale of shares in e-commerce major Flipkart in 2018.

Prima facie experts believe Tiger Global is protected against the payment under the India-Mauritius Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), which prevents investors from being taxed on the same income in both countries.

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