Is the EU investigation into Apple and Starbucks’ transfer pricing arrangements really good news?
The EC has opened investigations into decisions by tax authorities in Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg on the corporate tax to be paid by Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Finance and Trade respectively to see if they comply with the EU rules on state aid.
These investigations could be seen as a challenge to the role of sovereign nations in tax planning by multinational corporations. It may be that jurisdictions will be in the firing line on tax avoidance along with the companies which they wish to attract.
Date: 27th June, 2014
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