EC to proceed with VAT modernization

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The Commission of the European Union has set up plans concerning value-added tax (VAT) for the next two years in an attempt to modernize it. The Commission aims, by the end of 2016, to put forward a legislation that would incorporate the concept of One Stop Shop that is currently in use. Their aim is […]

Booking.com under attack by French tax authorities

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The hotel reservation site Booking.com owes 356 million euros in unpaid value-added tax and income tax, French tax authorities claim. This came to light after a financial inspection into the company’s affairs which began in 2013. The claim was revealed in a filing by Priceline Group, Booking.com’s parent company (which is a company that owns […]

OLAF leader stripped of his diplomatic immunity

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The leader of the European Union’s anti-fraud agency (OLAF), Giovanni Kessler, was stripped of his diplomatic immunity (which is a form of legal immunity that prevents diplomats from being susceptible to lawsuits or prosecution under the host country’s laws) after claims that he listened in on a phone call between witnesses without informing one of […]

The art of tax evasion

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The issues with taxing huge companies including Facebook, Yahoo and Google, has been a battle for the tax authorities in countries such as the UK, India, France and the USA. For a long time, these countries have been complaining about the way in which these global firms are managed in relation to paying tax. It […]

Facebook Sued by Austrian Law Student

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Max Schrems, an originally Austrian law student, brought a case against Facebook’s European headquarters located in Dublin. He accused Facebook of aiding the NSA (National Security Agency) in running its PRISM program, which mined the personal data of Facebook users (as first discovered by Edward Snowden who set off a global debate over government surveillance). […]