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Denmark seeking $1 billion in back-taxes from Microsoft

  • Denmark wants Microsoft to pay $1 billion in back taxes, according to local media reports on Monday.

    The Danish tax authority is in talks with Microsoft over unpaid taxes dating back to the $1.88 billion takeover of Danish software company Navision in 2002, Danish Radio DR said.

    The tax authority alleges Microsoft sold the rights to Navision's business planning software below market value to a subsidiary in Ireland.

    Corporate tax rates in Denmark sit at 25 percent while rates in Ireland can be as low as 12.5 percent.

    According to a recent U.S. government report, U.S. multinational companies reported 43 percent of their overseas profits in tax havens such as Bermuda, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2008.

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