It is reported this afternoon that Europe's second highest court will rule on Thursday on a Belgian tax practice that benefited about 35 large corporations, is illegal state aid, a judgment that can give clues to other tax cases involving Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler.
The scheme allowed the companies to claim deductions for economies of scale, and reduces the corporate tax base by 50-90 per cent.
All major companies have challenged EU decisions. It is at stake if the Commission exceeds its competence by using its state aid tool to tackle tax problems.
The US has criticized the case against US companies, and especially in the Apple decision, it has accused the EU of seizing revenues for US coupons. For more on this, read the full Reuters report.