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Dutch government appeals in Starbucks state aid case

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Staff writer ▼ | November 30, 2015
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The Dutch government appealed the decision by the European Commission that Starbucks received state aid and that the Dutch cabinet should reclaim 20 to 30 million euros of unpaid taxes from Starbucks.

In October, the European Commission decided that the Netherlands provided state aid to Starbucks by means of profitable tax rulings for the U.S.-based chain of coffee stores. However, according to the Dutch their tax deal is legal.

"The government is of the opinion that the Commission does not convincingly demonstrate that the tax authority deviated from the statutory provisions," the Dutch government stated in a press release.

"It follows that there is no state aid involved. In order to get certainty and case law on the application of certainty in advance by way of rulings, the government appeals the Commission decision in the Starbucks case."

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