Unions expose McDonald’s international tax

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INTERNATIONAL tax cheat McDonald’s has spent the past three years overhauling its financial structures to hide its money from inspectors, a coalition of trade unions charged yesterday.

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A new report published by European and US unions showed that McDonald’s, being investigated by the European Commission, moved its international tax base from Luxembourg to the UK a day after the Brexit referendum.

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Meanwhile McDonald’s moved its European franchising operation from Luxembourg to Delaware, a notorious US tax haven, and brought in a whole host of intermediary companies across the world.

It has had the effect of drastically limiting the amount of information the corporate giant has to publish about its financial dealings.

The EPSU, EFFAT and SEIU’unions which published the report said that McDonald’s Luxembourg operation’paid an effective 1.7 per cent rate of tax on its profits from 2009 to 2015.

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  • Date: 2018-05-15T15:33:32+01:00
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McDonald’s post-Brexit move to the UK sparks tax evasion fears

McDonald’s decision to relocate to the UK shortly after Brexit could be a bid to avoid EU scrutiny of its tax practices, a new report suggests.

The fast food giant announced in December that was moving its non-US operations from Luxembourg to the UK, saying the decision was motivated by the ‘significant number of staff based in London working on our international business.’

The Commission launched a probe in 2015 into whether McDonald’s European arm had been given ‘advantageous tax treatment’ by Luxembourg which breached EU state aid rules.

Luxembourg authorities ruled McDonald’s Europe Franchsing did not have to pay tax in the country despite being aware the company was not eligible to pay tax in the US.

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  • Date: 2018-04-19T06:00:43
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