The Amazon Internet company is due to pay Luxembourg a $ 295 million in lax tax, the European Union said.
European Commissioner for Competition, Margareta Westegger, simultaneously announced a lawsuit against Ireland because she did not pay a $ 13 billion tax to Apple.
Evergreen claims that Amazon and Apple have made profits thanks to agreements with countries that have allowed them to avoid paying taxes.
According to her, “Amazon” from 2003 made illicit profits thanks to low taxes in Luxembourg where the European headquarters of the company are located.
Amazon said it had no preferential treatment in Luxembourg.
“We paid a tax in accordance with the Luxembourg and world tax laws,” the company said.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was Prime Minister and Minister of Finance in Luxembourg at a time when Amazon had established a tax deal thanks to which nearly three-quarters of the company’s profits were not taxed.
Amazon was allowed to pay four times less tax than local firms.