Press Release: Commission decides selective tax advantages for Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands are illegal under EU state aid rules

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The European Commission revealed on 21 October 2015 its decision to order Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler to pay back between €20m and €30m in taxes after European tax deals were ruled illegal.

The EC considered that Luxembourg and the Netherlands had granted selective tax advantages to these companies, also called state aid.

Starbucks announced it was going to appeal against the decision.

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