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
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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