The Income Tax department has slapped Google India Private Limited, the Indian subsidiary of Google, with a Rs 76 crore penalty for misleading the department with deflated income, reports Times of India. According to the report, the tax office has refused to back down on the penalty after listening to the company's explanation and interacting with its auditor, SR Batliboi & Associates. The authorities have said that Google India misled the authorities, deflated its income, violated accounting rules laid down by the chartered accountants' institute and also reported incorrect revenues in order to avoid being subjected to transfer pricing adjustments with respect to its international transactions. Google India had credited Rs 119.83 crore for the year 2008-09 to Google Ireland Ltd towards distribution fees without deducting taxes on them in line with the tax treaty between India and Ireland. In December 2011, the tax department had sent a notice to Google India for…
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