Tuesday 17 September 2019

EC legal action over Apple tax bill is deferred

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Niall O'Connor

The European Commission has taken the unusual step of deferring its legal action against Ireland over its failure to collect €13bn in unpaid taxes by technology giant Apple.

The Irish Independent can reveal that EU Commissioners today agreed to grant the Government a three-month reprieve, during which time it must demonstrate that it is putting in place the necessary measures to recoup the massive sum.

The Department of Finance had missed a deadline set for early January to recoup the €13bn, which the Commission found Apple owed in back taxes. The record-breaking case has placed a major spotlight on Ireland's tax regime and led to criticism from the likes of US President Donald Trump.

Both Apple and Ireland have appealed the decision, which was laid down on behalf of the Commission by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Discussions have taken place between Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, Apple and the Commission - which has threatened to take Ireland to the EU Courts of Auditors, a move that would be costly and could cause reputational damage.

Irish Independent

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