Dutch Court Imposes Fine on British American Tobacco in Landmark Ruling

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Dutch court orders British American Tobacco to pay a €107 million fine for underreporting profits and tax evasion.

According to a report from The Globe and Mail, a Dutch court has ordered British American Tobacco to pay a fine of 107 million euros (117 million US dollars), stating that the company understated its profits by 1.8 billion euros between 2013 and 2016 and will now be taxed accordingly.

This was part of a ruling by the Court of North Holland in the Netherlands, which altered the name of the organization it was applied to. However, British American Tobacco later confirmed that this was a problematic company and called the decision “disappointing”.

The court stated in its judgment summary, “So far, most of the fines have been imposed for intentionally transferring company activities to the United Kingdom and making false tax claims.

The British American Tobacco Company has stated that it is considering an appeal.

The company stated, “British American Tobacco complies with all applicable tax regulations in all of our operating markets.”

The ruling is the latest legal accusation against British American Tobacco (BAT) following their agreement in April this year to pay $635 million to US authorities. A subsidiary of the company admitted to conspiring to violate US sanctions, selling tobacco products to North Korea, and engaging in bank fraud between 2013 and 2017.

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