How Amazon and eBay lobbied Ireland to resist EU tax reforms

Varadkar was strongly encouraged to get behind internet powerhouses before key vote took place

1st April, 2018
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Amazon said the EU’s new Vat rules ‘would force us to fundamentally change the nature of our business’ Picture: Getty

Two of the world’s most powerful internet companies sought to enlist Irish support in their fight against European tax reforms as member states prepared for a key vote on the measures.

Documents obtained by The Sunday Business Post show that eBay told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that European Vat reform plans “potentially present a significant threat to FDI by e-commerce companies within Ireland”.

In correspondence addressed to Varadkar, eBay pointed out that...

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