Ireland to reluctantly collect tax windfall from Apple

SHAWN THEW

(FILE) A file picture dated 27 January 2015 of the company's logo at an Apple Store in Washington, DC, USA.

Ireland to reluctantly collect tax windfall from Apple


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Apple will start implementing an August 2016 European Commission ruling, paying Dublin billions of Euros in back taxes.

European Commissioner Margerthe Vestager ruled that Apple was receiving illegal state aid from 2003 to 2014. The ruling obliges Apple to pay back €13bn.

Ireland’s minister of finance, Mr. Paschal L. Donohoe, told reporters on Monday that he expected payments in the first quarter of 2018. However, Dublin as well as Apple continue to contest the European Commission’s ruling.

Apple has appealed Vestager’s ruling at the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In turn, as Dublin has failed to recover illegal state subsidies, Brussels has referred Dublin to the ECJ.

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