Sunday 20 August 2017

Colette Browne: Ireland might win Apple tax legal case, but morally it's indefensible

Ireland was complicit in Apple’s grotesque tax avoidance, which saw it pay just 0.005pc tax in 2014. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Ireland was complicit in Apple’s grotesque tax avoidance, which saw it pay just 0.005pc tax in 2014. Photo credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

The European courts may ultimately decide that Apple doesn't owe Ireland €13bn plus interest, but what's not contested is that this country has knowingly facilitated tax avoidance on an industrial scale.

It seems that every Irish financial scandal, from Anglo to the Apple tax ruling, can be summarised in one pithy sentence: figures were invariably pulled from the blue.

That, essentially, is the charge that has been levelled by the European Competition Commissioner against the Revenue Commissioners.

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