Wednesday 21 March 2018

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran wants compromise to allow Government appeal EU ruling on Apple €13bn tax

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran. Pic Tom Burke
Kevin 'Boxer' Moran. Pic Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

A KEY member of the Independent Alliance has signalled an agreement can be reached which will allow the Government appeal the €13bn Apple back tax ruling in the EU Courts.

Following yesterday’s Cabinet deadlock on Fine Gael plans to lodge an appeal Kevin “Boxer” Moran has said he and his colleagues will not “destabilise the Government.” 

“I believe we can iron out a few important details and agree a compromise with our government partners,” the Athlone-based TD told at Leinster House. He blamed poor communications for part of the reason for the current deadlock.

Mr Moran hit out at the Opposition for suggesting there was “a crock of gold” which could be spent on health and education among other things. He said the longer-term objective of securing inward investment by multinationals creating jobs was far more important.

“Some of the opposition are stoking up false expectations. We may never see this so-called €13bn in Apple back-taxes, we don’t have it – we may never get it,” Mr Moran added.

After yesterday’s failure to reach a Cabinet decision, following almost five hours of talks, contacts are continuing today in efforts to broker a compromise.

Two Independent Alliance Cabinet members, Shane Ross and Finian McGrath, and another Independent Minister, Katherine Zappone, refused to back Finance Minister, Michael Noonan’s, plan to lodge an appeal with the EU Court in Luxembourg.

Mr Noonan has utterly rejected Tuesday’s Commission decision that the Government gave Apple illegal state aid via special tax treatment which broke Brussels competition laws. The EU Commission estimated the lost income at €13bn and said it should be lodged in a holding account pending the outcome of any appeal and/or tax claims from other countries which may have lost rightful tax revenue.

A potential deal is expected to turn on Fine Gael conceding guarantees on the future tax treatment of multinational companies.

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