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Apple, Google, McDonald's and IKEA to answer hot EU tax questions

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Staff writer ▼ | March 15, 2016
Apple, Google, McDonald's and IKEA will be asked about their European tax deals on Wednesday during a hearing organized by the European Parliament's tax committee.
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The European Commission is also investigating several cases to see if they breach the bloc's state aid rules which prohibit EU countries from giving some companies an unfair advantage by making special deals on tax.

Starbucks declined to take part because it has challenged a European Commission order to the Dutch authorities to recover up to 30 million euros in back taxes, the European Parliament said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is also appealing against an EU finding against its tax deal with Luxembourg, also turned down the invitation.

The head of Inter IKEA Group, Soren Hansen, will argue the Swedish furniture retailer's case. Inter IKEA Group owns the intellectual property rights under which its retailers operate.