Thursday 22 February 2018

Government is between a rock and a hard place over Apple tax

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at an Apple event in Cupertino, California, earlier this year. There is every likelihood a hefty EU fine will land from Brussels after the investigations into Ireland’s tax treatment of the computer behemoth. Photo: Bloomberg
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at an Apple event in Cupertino, California, earlier this year. There is every likelihood a hefty EU fine will land from Brussels after the investigations into Ireland’s tax treatment of the computer behemoth. Photo: Bloomberg
John Downing

John Downing

All signs are the Government will be unceremoniously dragged back in to work this week. There is every likelihood that a hefty EU fine will land with a thud after marathon investigations into Ireland's tax treatment of the computer behemoth Apple.

It is a strange case, replete with contradictions. One outcome could be a hefty sum in back-taxes from Apple making its way into Ireland's coffers.

Should the Government turn down such a windfall after years of sickening austerity? How will they explain that to one too many people who feel they got a tough ride from the Revenue authorities in recent difficult times?

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