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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Ford Facing Tax Claims

Ford's Russian plant is facing a "large" back tax claim, Interfax reported Thursday, citing an unidentified source in the Leningrad region tax authority. "The company is large so the claims are large," the source told the news agency.

The claims stem from a discrepancy between federal regulations and local rules governing tax breaks to investors, the source said, without specifying the amount of back taxes or the time period in question.

Another source said that two claims had been presented to the carmaker.

"The two claims have been assembled, and Ford is contesting them in court. A third claim is currently being prepared," the source said, adding that Ford owed "much more than 40 million rubles ($1.4 million)."

Nadezhda Karimova, a spokeswoman for the Leningrad region tax authority, would not immediately comment, saying only that there might be "violations of some methodological character."

Ford is one the largest taxpayers in the region and is checked every year, Karimova said. She declined to say how much Ford paid in taxes last year, citing confidentiality rules in the Tax Code.

Yekaterina Kulinenko, spokes-woman for Ford in Russia, said the company had not received any recent claims.

Ford did face tax claims from regional tax authorities, she said, but an arbitration court ruled in favor of the plant in May. Kulinenko said she did not know whether the tax authorities would be appealing the court ruling.

Kulinenko declined to comment on the nature of the claims.