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EU orders Amazon to pay back €250 mn in taxes to Luxembourg

Reuters | Updated on January 08, 2018

The European Union ordered the world’s largest online retailer Amazon on Wednesday to pay back about €250 million ($294 million) in taxes to Luxembourg, saying it had been given an unfair tax advantage from 2003.

“Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Amazon. As a result, almost three quarters of Amazon’s profits were not taxed,” European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The €250 million is less than an estimate of €400 million which sources told Reuters last year that Vestager had calculated at that time. However, the Commission added that the exact amount of back-payment would still need to be calculated by Luxembourg authorities.

Amazon is the latest big US multinational company to be reined in by the EU competition regulator, which also told technology group Apple pay back arrears of up to €13 billion ($15.3 billion) to Ireland.

Published on October 04, 2017

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