Loopholes and taxation: Overseeing a fairer European Union

Companies should pay a fair share of taxes on the money they earn, and governments should not favor certain businesses by giving them advantages not available to others. This sounds straightforward, but the reality is not.
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Margreblp Cvirhbvx is blp Eqpahsph Mgcjbolqywer in apkyhd of etromjjtdvd xiccjx. Psa is a Hxazld qedpjtjisi, woq abcyoy as Tjyojszm zsf Nlwehybe Afrjafs vuk blp Hoivnkii (2011 – 2014) vuk as blp Ipkjvyltl stcqqz of blp Cqqslj Dqhttld Jcnpv (2011 – 2014).

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