Tuesday 20 March 2018

Kenny to discuss tax ruling with Apple boss Cook during visit to US

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Apple's CEO Tim Cook visit Apple's campus in Cork, in 2014
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Apple's CEO Tim Cook visit Apple's campus in Cork, in 2014
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Taosieach Enda Kenny will today meet Apple boss Tim Cook to discuss the European Commission's ruling that tax arrangements with the tech giant amounted to illegal State aid.

Mr Kenny is on a three-day trip to the United States where he will meet influential business people on both coasts.

While it is understood that contact has been made with the office of US president-elect Donald Trump, no meeting has yet been scheduled for when Mr Kenny will be in New York tomorrow.

The European ruling that the State must seek €13bn in back taxes from Apple came in August.

The Government is appealing the decision.

It insisted that the firm - which employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland - did not get special treatment from the Revenue.

Mr Kenny is to meet Mr Cook in Apple's 'Infinite Loop' headquarters in Cupertino, California.

A spokesman said that the pair were "expected to take stock of developments relating to the European Commission's decision regarding Apple's tax liability, including the State and the company's appeals."

Apple has until the end of the year to lodge its own appeal. Mr Cook has already indicated that the company will do so.

He previously dismissed Brussels' tax accusations as "political crap" and suggested Ireland was being "picked on" by the commission.

Mr Kenny's spokesman said another item on the agenda was Apple's current and planned investment and operations in Ireland, including the planned Athenry data centre.

Mr Kenny will also visit the offices of Facebook where he will deliver an address to the San Francisco Bay Area Economic Council which includes Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg among its board of trustees.

Irish Independent

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