United Group denied claims by Serbian pro-government tabloids that its Total TV had broken tax laws in North Macedonia. Pročitaj više
It said that North Macedonia’s tax authorities conducted an inspection at the Total TV premises on October 4 in which that satellite pay TV operator fully cooperated, providing all required information to the inspectors. Total TV is part of United Group.
“Over the past two days, Serbian pro-government tabloids spread malicious and unfounded rumours in relation to the tax inspection. United Group operates the only independent TV channels in Serbia; as a result, it is regularly attacked and denigrated by pro-government tabloids. Informer and other Serbian tabloids lied about the targets of the investigation in their coverage implying that it involved United Group itself as well as its shareholders. The investigation only concerns Total TV. Moreover, the tabloids blatantly violated the presumption of innocence and alleged that Total TV was guilty of tax evasion,” the press release said.
It added that United Group complies with tax laws in all countries in which it conducts business, including North Macedonia. “The company is confident that the ongoing tax inspections will demonstrate full compliance by Total TV with all tax and legal requirements,” it said.
“Unfortunately, certain media outside of Serbia have reported these defamatory allegations without checking their origin or conducting any research. United Group will take all necessary legal actions to defend its reputation and restore the truth,” the press release said.
Netherlands-based United Group is the leading telecommunications and media operator in South-East Europe active in 8 with more than 15.5 million users and nearly 15,000 employees who generate almost €2.7 billion in annual revenues.