Starbucks Response to European Commission State Aid Decision on the Netherlands

Starbucks shares the concerns expressed by the Netherlands government that there are significant errors in the decision, and we support the Dutch government's appeal efforts.

The dispute between the European Commission and the Netherlands as to which OECD rules we and others should follow will require us to pay about €20m to €30m on top of the $3 billion in global taxes we have already paid over the seven years in question (2008-2014).

Starbucks complies with all OECD rules, guidelines and laws and supports its tax reform process. Starbucks has paid an average global effective tax rate of roughly 33 percent, well above the 18.5 percent average rate paid by other large US companies.

What Experts and Third Parties Are Saying About the Netherlands State Aid Case (PDF)