More State Aid « Analysis » from the EU. This Time in BelgiumPar Robert Robillard - 9 février 2015
From the EU website, it’s Belgium turn to get its arm twisted:
« State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the Belgian excess profit ruling system
Brussels, 03 February 2015
The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a Belgian tax provision, which allows group companies to substantially reduce their corporation tax liability in Belgium on the basis of so-called « excess profit » tax rulings. In essence, the rulings allow multinational entities in Belgium to reduce their corporate tax liability by « excess profits » that allegedly result from the advantage of being part of a multinational group. At this stage, the Commission has doubts if the tax provision complies with EU state aid rules, which prohibit the granting to certain companies of selective advantages that distort competition in the Single Market. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation. »
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