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State Aid and Tax Event

Over the last couple of years, EU State Aid rules have been increasingly invoked to overturn tax rulings given by tax authorities to businesses operating in the EU. Although it is the actions of Member States that have been challenged, it is the affected businesses that have paid the cost in the form of multi-million Euro tax bills.

In the current tax climate, it is anticipated that the European Commission will look to apply the State Aid rules more widely. Having a good understanding of the issues and risks is, therefore, essential for business, in terms of both tax and of ther corporate arrangements.

13th May 2016

Eversheds Sutherland recently held a State Aid and Tax discussion which was lead by our tax lawyers Totis Kotsonis, Ben jones and Giles Salmond who were joined by barrister Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho from 39 Essex Chambers and a representative from HM Treasury who together discussed the implications of State Aid tax challenges for businesses operating in the EU and what might be coming next.

Areas that we covered included:

  • an overview of how State Aid operates and its application to tax
  • what tax areas may be at risk of State Aid challenge
  • what are the potential costs of a State Aid challenge and how could these costs be mitigated?
  • how can businesses operating in the EU assess their risk of challenge and prepare for any such challenge?
  • what is the reaction of the UK Government to such challenges and is the UK itself at risk of challenge?

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