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Apple, McDonald’s, Google and IKEA to face EU lawmakers over tax deals

Apple, McDonald’s, Google and IKEA to face EU lawmakers over tax deals

BRUSSELS – Apple, Google, McDonald’s and IKEA will be asked about their European tax deals on Wednesday as EU lawmakers ratchet up the pressure on multinationals to pay more tax on their profits locally. The hearing, organised by the European Parliament’s tax committee, follows a similar event in November last year when Anheuser-Busch InBev, HSBC, Google and […]

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EU antitrust chief rejects U.S. criticism of Apple, Starbucks tax cases

EU antitrust chief rejects U.S. criticism of Apple, Starbucks tax cases

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe’s antitrust chief signalled on Monday her determination to go after Apple, Starbucks and McDonald’s over their tax deals in the bloc, dismissing U.S. criticism of her crackdown on the companies. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s comments come three days after senior U.S. Treasury official Robert Stack met her team in the […]

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Top U.S. official to meet EU antitrust team on tax

Top U.S. official to meet EU antitrust team on tax

BRUSSELS – A senior U.S. Treasury official will meet European Union antitrust officials investigating tax deals involving Apple and Amazon on Friday, the latest lobbying effort against a crackdown on U.S. firms. The meeting comes a week after Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook met European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is expected to rule on […]

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Dutch say will lead EU fight against multinationals’ tax avoidance

Dutch say will lead EU fight against multinationals’ tax avoidance

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Netherlands will be at the forefront of efforts to combat multinationals’ tax avoidance, its finance minister said on Friday, amid a dispute with the European Commission over his country’s tax treatment of Starbucks. The Commission, the EU’s executive arm, will propose a new set of binding rules by the end of […]

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Dutch government to appeal EU ruling on Starbucks tax deal

Dutch government to appeal EU ruling on Starbucks tax deal

AMSTERDAM Reuters) – The Dutch Finance Ministry said on Friday it will appeal against a European Commission ruling ordering it to recover up to 30 million euros ($31.8 million) in taxes from Starbucks. Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager ordered the Netherlands in October to recover 20 million to 30 million euros ($23 million to $34 million) […]

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EU set to investigate McDonald’s tax deal with Luxembourg

EU set to investigate McDonald’s tax deal with Luxembourg

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU antitrust regulators are likely to widen their crackdown on corporate tax dodging with an investigation into a deal between fast-food chain McDonald’s and Luxembourg, two people with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Deals helping multinationals slash their tax bills to minimal amounts of as little as 1 percent or below […]

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EU rules Starbucks, Fiat tax deals illegal, rocking system

EU rules Starbucks, Fiat tax deals illegal, rocking system

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission ruled on Wednesday that Starbucks Corp and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV benefited from illegal tax deals with the Dutch and Luxembourg authorities, dealing a heavy blow to profit-shielding arrangements used by many multinationals. Antitrust commissioner Margrethe Vestager said all firms must pay a “fair share” and ordered the Netherlands […]

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EU to rule Starbucks, Fiat tax deals illegal state aid

EU to rule Starbucks, Fiat tax deals illegal state aid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be told next week that their tax deals breach EU state aid rules, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as EU regulators seek to crack down on tax avoidance across the bloc. Moves by the European Commission against the U.S. coffee chain and the […]

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10 things Starbucks won’t tell you

10 things Starbucks won’t tell you

10 things Starbucks won’t tell you, as reported in the WS Journal. 1. Many coffee lovers don’t love our coffee With more than 20,000 stores spread across 65 countries, Starbucks has all but redefined coffee and the coffeehouse experience. The company, which started in Seattle in 1971, is known for bringing high-end java to the […]

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Britain targets multinationals that try to dodge taxes

Britain targets multinationals that try to dodge taxes

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Britain plans to introduce a tax to target multinationals such as Google Inc and Amazon Inc accused of using complex accounting schemes to cut their payments on earnings in the country. Governments around the world are trying to overhaul international tax treaties to stop big corporates siphoning off profits into […]

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Starbucks suffers first UK sales drop after tax criticism

Starbucks suffers first UK sales drop after tax criticism

LONDON (Reuters) – Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period in which the company became the subject of boycotts and public criticism over its tax practices. Accounts for the group’s main UK subsidiary, Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) Ltd, showed turnover fell in the year to the end of September […]

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Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax

Starbucks to move European base to London, pay more UK tax

We previously blogged on this twice – Special Report – How Starbucks avoids UK taxes, and in Starbucks agrees to pay millions in British corporation taxes.  As reported in the news, Starbucks Corp will move its European headquarters to London from the Netherlands this year and pay more tax in the UK as a result, […]

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Starbucks agrees to pay millions in British corporation taxes

Starbucks agrees to pay millions in British corporation taxes

As reported in the news, US-based coffee giant Starbucks said on Sunday it had paid £5 million in British corporation tax and will pay another £15 million by next year after facing a backlash from lawmakers and customers over non-payment. We previously blogged on “Special Report – How Starbucks avoids UK taxes.” The moved comes […]

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David Cameron takes on the tax havens

David Cameron takes on the tax havens

As reported in Reuters, “David Cameron takes on the tax havens.”  There is nothing more likely to spark anger than an unfair tax regime. The American Revolution was founded on it. So the discovery that some of the largest and most successful companies in the world — among them Google, Apple, Amazon and Starbucks – have legally minimized […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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