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Cisco still on defensive over Brazil tax evasion

Cisco Systems continues to deflect allegations of tax evasion on Brazilian resellers

Global networking group
Cisco
Systems
continues to distance itself from an alleged tax evasion case in
Brazil, involving taxes, fines and interest totalling $US826.4m (?400m), saying
it cannot vouch for its resellers.

Three of four Cisco employees detained by Brazilian authorities last week in
connection with the alleged tax evasion scheme have now been released. Pedro
Ripper, Cisco Brazil president, is reportedly among the released employees. He
is expected to return to his role as country manager of Cisco Brazil.

Cisco has confirmed Mude Comercio e Servicos, one of Cisco’s Brazilian
distribution partners, is one of the companies under investigation. Brazilian
federal police officials in charge of the case told
Reuters
newsagency ‘It’s inevitable that this investigation is going to lead us to
headquarters’.

Authorities said Cisco also systematically understated the value of
merchandise it imported to pay less taxes and frequently issued falsified
receipts and other documents.

The networking group said this week it worked with more than 55 certified
channel partners in Brazil which accounted for more than 90% of its sales in the
country. Cisco did not believe it had acted inappropriately in its Brazilian
business activities. It counted ethics, integrity and compliance as core to its
corporate identity and required each of its employees to sign a code of business
conduct.

Further reading:

Cisco in damage control after Brazil tax raids

Cisco’s Brazil office faces tax probe

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