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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000064-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Google must hand over billions lost in the ‘Bermuda triangle’
 Answer in writing 

After studying the accounts filed by Google Netherlands Holding with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in late 2018, the financial daily FD has revealed that in 2017 Google transferred EUR 20 billion to Bermuda.

The process, known as the ‘double Irish-Dutch sandwich’, is carried out in two stages. Firstly, the profits generated in the EU are transferred to a subsidiary established in Ireland, where they are subject to a very low tax rate agreed with the Irish Government. Then, the subsidiary transfers the money in question to a Dutch company with no employees which forwards it to a letter-box company in Bermuda.

This unethical practice deprives European countries of colossal amounts of tax revenue. It is legal, however, and has long been employed by a host of multinationals.

Why does the Commission, a vocal critic of budget deficits, not force Google to repatriate the money, and why is it doing nothing to force multinationals to pay their taxes?

Can the Commission give an estimate of the amounts diverted?

Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands must be included on the blacklist of tax havens because they are involved in this large-scale tax evasion. When will the Commission take that step?

Original language of question: FR 
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