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European Commission Investigation into French and Belgian Tax Subsidies

The European Commission has announced a competition investigation into French and Belgian ports. The focus is on whether various corporation tax exemptions given to the ports amount to illegal state aid. The competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “Ports play a … Continue reading

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Rotterdam and Other Ports to Appeal European Commission Tax Ruling

The Rotterdam port authority, together other Dutch shipping and sea ports, has said it will appeal the European Commission January ruling against its exemption from corporation tax. The basis of the challenge is thought to be an infringement of proper … Continue reading

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EU Wants to Tax E-Cigarettes

The European Commission is preparing to impose tax on e-cigarettes, or vaping, possibly at the same heavy rate as tobacco. The idea is to help plug the holes in EU budgets. But since most people use e-cigarettes as a way … Continue reading

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European Challenge to Tax Status of Ports

The European Commission considers the Netherlands corporation tax exemption for 6 of its main and publicly owned main seaports as anti-competitive. The ports include Groningen, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. This follows an investigation by the EC and changes to Dutch law. … Continue reading

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MEPs Call for Fair Share of Illegal State Aid Tax Clawed Back

The European Parliament has called for the tax advantages gained by some countries by giving sweetheart tax deal as illegal state aid should be shared among the countries that have suffered. The European Commission has launched a number of investigations … Continue reading

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Europe to Investigate McDonald’s Tax Links to Luxembourg

• The European Commission has announced an investigation into McDonalds’s tax arrangements with Luxembourg. • The issue is whether its special favoured treatment by Luxembourg amounted to illegal state aid. It is reported the deal let McDonalds pay no, or … Continue reading

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European Commission and Digital Single Market

The European Commission this week launched an initiative for a digital single market. The EC factsheet states that in 2014 some 15% of consumers bought online from another EU country, but only 7% of SMEs sell cross-border in the EU. … Continue reading

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