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This article was published on October 7, 2014

Amazon is having its tax payments probed by the EU

Amazon is having its tax payments probed by the EU Image by: EMMANUEL DUNAND
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Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check h Paul Sawers was a reporter with The Next Web in various roles from May 2011 to November 2014. Follow Paul on Twitter: @psawers or check him out on Google+.

Hot on the heels of Apple’s tax woes in Europe, news has emerged that Amazon is next in the firing line for the European Commission (EC).

As the Financial Times first reported, the EC is preparing to launch a probe into allegations that Luxembourg, where Amazon’s EU headquarters is based, enabled the e-commerce giant to illegally benefit from state subsidies.

The FT said:

“Investigators believe Luxembourg gave Amazon favourable terms in a 2003 tax ruling, which caps its tax exposure to the Grand Duchy and helps limit its overall bill to less than 1 per cent of the retailer’s European income, according to people briefed on the case.”

The EC has now confirmed that it is launching an investigation into Amazon’s tax exploits.

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Brussels targets Amazon’s Luxembourg tax deal [FT]

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