Large corporations pay in the EU appear to be rare, the statutory tax rate. This was the result of an investigation by the Green group in the European Parliament, the possession of the süddeutsche Zeitung. Thus, there are massive differences between the official and the actually paid tax burden for multi-national companies.

The strongest deviation was calculated according to the report, Luxembourg. There, the tax rate in the years 2011 to 2015, with 29 percent. In fact, the corporations would have paid, but an average of only two percent. Also in Hungary, the Netherlands and Austria, the difference was greater than the EU average. In Germany, the tax burden was actually at 30 per cent, to the tax authorities, the company would have paid but only 20 per cent. Only for Bulgaria, no deviation was found.

according to The report, the Green used for the investigation on the database of Orbis, because these deliver the best available information on the tax burden of large enterprises. They had been assessed by the tax experts, Petr Janský of Charles University in Prague.

The financial policy spokesman of the Greens in the European Parliament, Sven Giegold, called for more transparency regarding the tax practices of multinational companies. “The EU Commission has submitted a good proposal to the tax transparency of large corporations,” said Giegold, the German daily süddeutsche Zeitung. “As Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, has to abandon its Blockade and the Council for country-by-country tax transparency.”

The EU has to show the citizens before the European elections in may, you can get some Effective dubious tax practices, said Giegold.