Dutch Tax Office Allegedly Helped Uber Gain EU Monopoly

The Dutch tax office has allegedly helped Uber gain a monopoly in the European Union (EU) by supplying confidential information about other countries’ plans to tax the company.

According to reports, the tax office provided confidential information to Uber about other EU countries’ strategies for regulating the company, obstructed requests for information from other countries, and lobbied the French government to take a more positive view of Uber.

Allegations emerged from the Uber Files, an investigation based on 124,000 documents Mark MacGann, former chief lobbyist of Uber, leaked to The Guardian and showed to several media outlets.

Documents included internal emails, minutes of meetings, and app messages that showed how Uber enjoyed a ‘very strong relationship’ with the Dutch tax administration in 2014 as it tried to break through in Europe.

Head of Uber Financial Affairs in Europe Rob van der Woude claimed that Dutch tax officials tried to influence the French government’s efforts to make its branch office in France pay tax.

According to van der Woude, the tax office would “speak to the French officials informally to encourage them to drop the claim.”

Lotte Rooijendijk of anti-corruption organization Transparency International Nederland said that the “preferential financial treatment” given to Uber undermined the trust of ordinary taxpayers.

“They can’t escape the tax burden or make agreements behind closed doors the way Uber does,” Rooijendijk said.

Meanwhile, the tax office denied breaching any confidentiality rules or holding up requests for information from other countries to give Uber an advantage.


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