Thursday 17 August 2017

Apple boss vows any tax fine won't hit jobs

Tim Cook
Tim Cook
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

A tax fine "will not affect" Apple's investment here, the Chief Executive of the global giant, Tim Cook, has promised.

In an exclusive interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Cook ruled out any link between a punitive EU verdict on Apple's Irish tax status and investment in the tech giant's Cork facility.

"An adverse ruling will not affect it," he said.

"We were here when it was a very, very small company. We've been here through tough times and Ireland stood by us.

"And now we both get to enjoy the fruits of hanging with each other for a long time and growing together."

Mr Cook was speaking as he paid a visit to the Independent News & Media (INM) newsroom in central Dublin yesterday, where he witnessed the group's digital transformation.

The EC is expected to rule soon on whether Ireland gave Apple illegal tax breaks. If found culpable, the Government could be forced to collect billions in back taxes from Apple.

However, both the Government and Apple have flatly denied the charges.

Mr Cook was speaking as he paid a visit to the Independent News & Media (INM) newsroom in central Dublin yesterday, where he witnessed the group’s digital transformation.

He saw firsthand the operations at Independent.ie and the various technology the site uses to be first with trusted breaking news and quality journalism.

Irish Independent

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