View Full Version : How to make 10 billion and pay no taxes (Exxon)

Carsten Wiethoff
03-01-2011, 06:56 AM
From http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_29391.shtml

How to make 10 billion Euro and pay nothing in tax

By h.b. - Feb 27, 2011 - 7:14 PM
ExxonMobil Spain has done so by establishing a ETVEExxon Mobil - EFE


A report in El País indicates that the largest company in the world has been using Spain as a tax haven. ExxonMobil Spain which has only one employee, made 9.9 billion € over the past two years and has paid not a single € in tax.

The company did so via a legal formula to save tax, though an ETVE, Institution Holding Foreign Securities.

Hacienda considers such bodies as ‘a grand centre of fraud, and note that the income of an ETVE is not taxable, but its costs are tax deductable.

The system was established in 1995 to attract foreign investment in exchange for the almost complete freedom of tax, with Spain trying to copy similar ‘holdings’ in Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and other countries. Under the Spanish system the only benefit to the taxman came from the initial investment made.

Ministry for Industry data for last year saw more than 2 billion € enter Spain in ETVE’s between January and September, about 22% of the total foreign investment in the country.

El País says that Hacienda has no plans to change the law, considering that any changes now would generate uncertainty and scare away investors.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_29391.shtml#ixzz1FKQfvBKp

Magda Hassan
03-01-2011, 07:22 AM
Nice work if you can get it, hey? That one employee must be run off their feet making all those billions of dollars. Why do countries sign up for these ridiculous schemes? It seems a real win/lose situation.