Amazon’s Luxembourg tax deal may be illegal, regulators say

European regulators today determined that Amazon’s tax arrangement with Luxembourg may have given the company an unfair competitive edge, Reuters reports, raising doubts over the legality of the deal. The announcement comes more than three months after the European Commission opened an investigation into Amazon’s tax deal in Luxembourg, where a 2003 ruling has allowed the US retailer to operate nearly tax-free in Europe. The EC, which handles antitrust cases, published the preliminary findings of its investigation today, concluding that the 2003 ruling falls under the category of government aid.

“The Commission’s preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 5 November 2003 by Luxembourg in favor of Amazon constitutes state aid… and the…

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