Spain Faces In-Depth EU Probe Into Tax-Breaks for Company Deals

Spain faces an in-depth investigation by the European Union into whether changes made to a tax-break system for companies acquiring shares in foreign companies is in line with EU rules.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive agency, said it opened an in-depth probe after its preliminary view that the changed system involves state aid, because “Spain is unduly enlarging the application of an illegal and incompatible scheme,” according to a statement in Brussels today.

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