May 9, 2019 / 4:00 PM / 7 months ago

Gucci owner Kering agrees to 1.25 bln euros Italy tax settlement

PARIS, May 9 (Reuters) - French luxury goods group Kering said on Thursday it had agreed to a 1.25 billion euro ($1.40 billion) settlement to draw a line under a dispute with Italian tax authorities centered on its fashion brand Gucci.

The company’s Swiss-based Luxury Goods International (LGI) subsidiary has been under investigation for allegedly avoiding tax on earnings generated by Gucci in Italy.

“The group has concluded today a settlement with the Italian Revenue Agency relating to claims vis-a-vis its Swiss subsidiary,” Kering said in a statement. “The settlement will involve the payment of 897 million euros in additional taxes, along with further payment for penalties and interest.”

Kering would record a tax charge of around 600 million euros in its 2019 accounts as a result, the company said.

The settlement is the largest ever agreed by a company with the Italian tax authorities.

$1 = 0.8906 euros Reporting by Sarah White; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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