The European Commission on 18 December announced the commencement of an investigation regarding tax exemptions that the government of the Netherlands provided the Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA. About it reports DW.
The Commission will investigate the tax rules in the Netherlands to one of two groups who run the business IKEA – Inter Ikea the company. The Commission is concerned that the decision could give IKEA an unfair advantage compared to other companies, which would be contrary to the competition rules in the European Union.
The EC considers that the Netherlands has allowed IKEA to invest his income in Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, where they were not taxed.
“Member States cannot allow private companies to pay less tax, allowing you to artificially transfer their income to another place,” – said the European Commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager.
In response to this, IKEA has said that the tax rules established for the company by the government of the Netherlands, did not contravene EU rules.
“The way we pay our taxes to the authorities of the Netherlands, corresponds, in our view, the rules of the EU. Well, if this investigation can clarify and confirm this,” the company said.
The exact amount of unpaid taxes IKEA is unknown. But in last year’s report of the Green party in the European Parliament said that in 2009-2014 IKEA evaded paying taxes amounting to over 1 billion euros.
Earlier it was reported that law enforcement authorities suspect the Italian fashion house Gucci in tax evasion by 1.3 billion euros.