Sunday 25 September 2016

WATCH: 'Take the money' - Irish lad's Apple Tax rant has gone viral

Published 22/09/2016 | 09:52

James Conway's Apple Tax rant has been viewed 50,000 times in just 12 hours
James Conway's Apple Tax rant has been viewed 50,000 times in just 12 hours

The EU Commission's decision that Ireland must collect €13bn in back taxes from Apple created quite a stir when it was announced in August.

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The Commission claimed that the Irish Revenue gave Apple a sweetheart deal, as a result the tech firm was charged a tax rate of 0.005 per cent on its earnings.

Following the findings, the Irish government won a Dáil vote, by 93 votes to 36, to appeal the commission’s ruling, which found Ireland granted illegal state aid Apple and should recover €13 billion in back taxes from the tech giant.

The decision has caused plenty of controversy and one Irish man, James Conway, has made his feelings known in an online rant that has been viewed over 500,000 times in just 12 hours.

"Take the money," he advised the State, as he listed a number of ways the money could be spent.

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