Exclusive: Hasbro pays Mexico tax authorities $65 million in settlement after probe

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The world's No. 2 toymaker, Hasbro Inc, has paid $65 million to Mexican tax authorities in a settlement, a spokeswoman for the company said on Wednesday, following a probe into the company for possible for tax avoidance.

The deal resolves outstanding tax assessments for all open years from 2000 to 2013, spokeswoman Julie Duffy said in an email.

Last year, Mexico said it had launched a probe of 270 companies for allegedly exploiting loopholes that have led to the loss of potential tax revenue for years.

Reuters reported in September that Hasbro, along with household product maker Procter & Gamble Co, were at the heart of the probe.

In December, Mexico's tax collection agency SAT said it had reached a deal with a multinational company but did not reveal its name.

SAT was not immediately available for comment.

In its third quarter earnings report released in November, Hasbro said it was "vigorously defending" itself against Mexican tax assessments of about $296 million over how it accounts for cross-border transactions, known as transfer pricing issues.

The company, known for its My Little Pony toys and Transformers action figures, said it was in discussions with tax authorities to reach a settlement.

Mexico's actions reflect frustration among some large developing countries, including China and India, with legal loopholes in international tax rules that companies can exploit to shift profits to tax havens.   Continued...

 
Brian Goldner, President and CEO of Hasbro Inc., speaks at the Reuters Consumer and Retail Summit in New York June 28, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid