Starbucks allegedly owes the EU tens of millions


THE SEATTLE TIMES: Starbucks was the beneficiary of an illegal tax break from the Dutch.

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THE SEATTLE TIMES: Starbucks was the beneficiary of an illegal tax break from the Dutch.

The decision is part of a wider crackdown by Brussels on so-called “comfort letters,” tax rulings issued by countries such as the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Ireland, to companies like Starbucks and Amazon.

The EU said the specific tax deals with Starbucks and Fiat, against which it also ruled Wednesday, allowed the companies to use “artificial and complex” methods to calculate taxable profits that “do not reflect economic reality.”

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