China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there.
According to an article published by China’s Xinhua official news agency on Sunday, an unnamed U.S. multinational must pay the Chinese government 840 million yuan ($137 million) in back taxes and interest, as well as more than 100 million yuan in additional taxes a year in the future.
The article refers only to a company whose name starts with “M,” is one of the world’s biggest 500 firms and which established a wholly owned foreign subsidiary in Beijing in 1995. Microsoft is the only company that fits that description.
The Redmond, Wash.-based company did not confirm the report, but also did not deny that it was the company involved.