The Supreme Administrative Court in Finland has on 30 November 2016 decided not to grant a permit to appeal to the Tax Recipients’ Legal Service Unit (VOVA). VOVA had appealed the decision of the Administrative Court in Helsinki given on 16 May 2016 regarding the tax assessment imposed on Fortum in December 2013 for the year 2007. As the Supreme Administrative Court did not grant a permit to appeal, the favourable decision granted to Fortum by the Administrative Court in Helsinki remains in force.
According to the tax assessment given to Fortum Oyj in December 2013, the additional taxes including penalties and late payment interest would have amounted to EUR 136.4 million. Fortum had not made a provision.
Reijo Salo, Vice President, Corporate Tax, tel. +358 50 452 4443
The Finnish tax authority levied the taxes in 2013 based on the revenue earned by Fortum’s Belgian subsidiary in 2007. The same revenue has already been taxed in Belgium in accordance with Belgian tax legislation. Fortum appealed the additional taxes, and the Board of Adjustment approved the appeal on 21 August 2014. VOVA appealed the Board of Adjustment’s decision to the Administrative Court. On 16 May 2016 the Administrative Court announced its decision in the case. The court ruled in Fortum’s favour and rejected the appeal of the Tax Recipients’ Legal Services Unit. The Tax Recipients’ Legal Service Unit appealed the Administrative Court’s decision to the Supreme Administrative Court.
Fortum’s Interim Report January-September 2016, Note 22: Legal actions and official proceedings: http://apps.fortum.fi/investors/Fortum_Q3_2016_Interim_Report.pdf
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Related press releases:
Press release 16 May 2016: Finnish Administrative Court confirms the favourable decision granted to Fortum on Belgian financing company taxation
Press release 2 September 2014: The Board of Adjustment approved Fortum’s appeal on additional taxes in Finland for 2007
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