Saturday 17 August 2019

Ryanair fails to injunct 'discriminatory' tax

In its High Court challenge, Ryanair says Section 127B of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 is unconstitutional because it imposes a discriminatory financial disadvantage to its non-Ireland/UK/Netherlands-based aircrew (stock photo)
In its High Court challenge, Ryanair says Section 127B of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 is unconstitutional because it imposes a discriminatory financial disadvantage to its non-Ireland/UK/Netherlands-based aircrew (stock photo)

Tim Healy

Ryanair has failed to have a law which it says effectively doubles taxes for 4,000 of its 6,500 pilots referred to the Court of Justice of the EU to determine whether it is compatible with European law.

It also failed to get an injunction suspending operation of the tax law, pending determination of its case claiming it is discriminatory.

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In its High Court challenge, Ryanair says Section 127B of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 is unconstitutional because it imposes a discriminatory financial disadvantage to its non-Ireland/UK/Netherlands- based aircrew. Yesterday, Mr Justice Robert Haughton ruled the least risk of injustice lay in refusing Ryanair an injunction suspending Section 127B, pending determination of the main case.

The dispute should be "addressed collaboratively" by the parties "sitting round the table and negotiating", the judge said.

Irish Independent

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