“The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government’s tax treatment of Apple, a Commission spokesman said.,” Barbara Lewis and Tom Bergin report for Reuters. “The European Union’s competition watchdog is looking at whether a number of countries’ benign tax regimes for multinational companies, which helps to attract investment and jobs that might otherwise go elsewhere, represents unfair state aid.”

“Theoretically, if the Commission ruled the tax treatment constituted state aid, Apple, the largest company in the world by market capitalisation, could be forced to repay billions of dollars in tax savings,” Lewis and Bergin report. “However, some tax lawyers said they doubted the Commission could enforce such a ruling and that it is more likely Ireland would simply be forced to change its light-touch approach to taxing multinationals, which other European countries say robs them of tax revenues.”

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MacDailyNews Take: What Apple does is legal. If you think it’s not “fair,” then you need laws and rules that make it illegal. Also, you cannot apply laws and rules retroactively in order to, not tax, but outright steal Apple’s money.

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