ECJ Ruling On Tax Claims Could Boost Belgian Chemical Co.

Law360 (June 11, 2020, 7:59 PM EDT) -- A Belgian chemical company may be entitled to a large tax refund after the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday that one European Union country can't adopt another country's claim for payment of tax debts.

The ruling represents a loss to the Belgian government, which attempted to offset a €502,991 ($568,000) tax obligation to Pantochim SA by adopting as its own a claim by the German government for €634,275 in value-added tax from Pantochim.

Thursday's decision was careful to note that while European law in fact requires one country to treat the debt recovery requests of another the same way procedurally,...

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