January 19, 2005

EC investigates BT

by brian_turner

The Curopean Commission has begun a formal investigation into whether UK telcoms operators, specifically British Telecom (BT) and Kingston Communications (KC), have received unfair tax breaks over competitors.

The complaint was raised by Vtesse, who argued that Business Rates, as set by the Inland Revenue’s Valuation Office Agency (VOA), gave unfair biases towards both BT and KC at the expense of other telecoms companies.

BT denies that the arrangements provide any real benefit to it, and the Department of Trade and Industry also dimisses of aid inherent in the rating system.

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