Thursday 23 March 2017

European probe in Ireland's tax treatment of Apple not expected until after election

Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Tech giant Apple is adding a new building to its site in Hollyhill, Co Cork
Tech giant Apple is adding a new building to its site in Hollyhill, Co Cork

The European Commission’s probe into Ireland’s tax treatment of Apple will probably not be completed until after the General Election, after the Commission sent extra questions to the Government, the Financial Times reported.

The newspaper cited a Department of Finance spokesman who said not to expect any decision until after the new year. It said authorities here had been expecting the case to conclude soon.

The probe centres on whether Ireland granted Apple unlawful preferential tax treatment. Earlier this year the Netherlands and Luxembourg were ordered to recover tens of millions from Starbucks and Fiat respectively in a similar case.

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