Set 2, 2016
Ireland decides whether to appeal Apple's €13bn tax bill
Minority government caught between encouraging business and pleasing Irish taxpayers
Ireland is expected to
decide today whether to appeal against the EU ruling that Apple should pay back
taxes of €13bn (£11bn), with the cabinet divided between pleasing taxpayers or
The decision by the EU, which came after a three-year investigation into the tech giant's tax affairs, was based on the claim that Ireland had broken European Union rules by giving Apple special treatment. The commissioners argued the company had paid an effective tax rate of just one per cent in the republic.
Apple, however, insists it did not have a special deal, saying it didn't pay much tax because its turnover was not generated in Ireland. The Irish government, meanwhile, said the EU had failed to understand its tax system.
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