Walmart late on Wednesday confirmed that it had already paid the Indian authorities many of the practically $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,300 crore) in tax owed after digital funds firm PhonePe, which the US retailer owns by Flipkart, shifted its headquarters from Singapore to India.

Walmart purchased a controlling stake in Indian e-commerce big Flipkart in 2018, giving it possession of PhonePe. The firm stated final month it had accomplished the separation of PhonePe from Flipkart, including that it might stay a majority stakeholder in each the businesses.

“Walmart has already paid most of the Rs. 7,800 crore billion that was incurred as a capital gains tax after PhonePe investors sold their stake in the Singapore entity and invested in the Indian entity following the domicile change,” a supply with direct information of the matter had instructed Reuters.

Tiger Global, an present PhonePe investor, was not required to pay the tax, in accordance with the supply.

Walmart didn’t give some other particulars on the cost. PhonePe didn’t instantly reply to a Reuters e-mail searching for feedback on Thursday.

Moneycontrol reported final 12 months PhonePe was elevating funds at a $12 billion (roughly Rs. 99,300 crore) valuation in a spherical led by General Atlantic. The fintech agency was final valued at about $5.5 billion (roughly Rs. 45,500) in December 2020.

Bloomberg News beforehand reported that Walmart and different PhonePe traders must pay practically $1 billion (roughly Rs. 8,300 crore) after its domicile change.

Back in December, it was reported that Flipkart and PhonePe had accomplished their separation and each entities would proceed to function below Walmart.

“As part of this transaction, existing Flipkart Singapore and PhonePe Singapore shareholders, led by Walmart, have purchased shares directly in PhonePe India. This completes the move to make PhonePe a fully India-domiciled company, a process that started earlier this year,” the corporate stated in a press release on the time.

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