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EU competition chief defends Apple tax ruling on visit to Washington

Margrethe Vestager, the EU chief who presided over the decision to slap Apple with a €13bn tax bill has met with counterparts in Washington in an attempt to smooth over relations on the issue of tax.
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Tax-News.com: Ireland To Appeal EC's Apple Tax Ruling Decision

Ireland's Department of Finance has responded to the European commission's conclusions of its investigation into a tax ruling handed by the Irish Government to technology giant Apple, stating that the full amount of tax was paid in this case and that no state aid was provided.
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Ukip MEP Nathan Gill under investigation for alleged fraud

A UKIP MEP is being investigated by police over allegations of fraud after claims he misused EU funds.
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Tax-News.com: EU Says New Zealand Not In 'Tax Haven Probe'

Media reports that the European Union is targeting New Zealand for investigation as a tax haven are incorrect and misleading, The EU said in a statement on August 3, 2016.
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Tax-News.com: Most Europeans Want Tougher Action Against Tax Fraud

Three-quarters of Europeans want the European Union to do more to tackle tax evasion, according to a new survey by Eurobarometer. The survey was conducted among 27,969 people from all member states on April 9-18, 2016. It found that Tax Evasion was considered the third most serious issue confronting the EU after terrorism (cited by 82 percent of respondents) and unemployment (77 percent).
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Barroso and the European Commission's "revolving doors"

José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European commission, had accepted Goldman Sachs’ offer to become non-executive chairman of the banking firm’s international subsidiary. The news provoked waves of protest from the company, and embarrassed silence from Brussels.

Tax-News.com: EC Begins Panama Papers Inquiry

The European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance, and Tax Evasion (PANA) has announced the appointment of its chair and four vice chairs. The constitutive meeting of PANA took place on July 12, 2016.

Tax-News.com: MEPs Seek Protection For Whistleblowers

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for greater protection for whistleblowers who leak information in the public interest.
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Tax-News.com: MEPs Support Tough New Anti-Avoidance Regime

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have backed proposals for a package of anti-avoidance measures that includes a tax haven blacklist, sanctions against "uncooperative jurisdictions," and An EU-wide withholding tax.
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