Monday 22 January 2018

EU's €13bn Apple tax bill is 'unjustified' - Finance Minister tells German newspaper

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Collins
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Collins

Thomas Escritt

Ireland's finance minister said the European Commission's demand that Dublin retroactively collect 13 billion euros in taxes from Apple was unjustified and not Dublin's job, in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

In the interview, extracts from which the FAZ published on Wednesday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the tax rules from which Apple benefited had been available to all and not tailored for the U.S. technology giant.

They did not violate European or Irish law, he added.

"We are not the global tax collector for everybody else," the paper quoted him as saying.

The European Commission last year ruled that Apple paid so little tax on its Ireland-based operations that it amounted to state aid and ordered it to pay back up to 13 million euros in tax to Dublin.

The Irish government has said it will collect the money pending an appeal by Apple.

Reuters

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