“The European Union official who slapped Apple with a $14.5 billion back tax bill signaled over the weekend she’s not done yet with American companies that park profits offshore to lower their tax bills,” John W. Schoen reports for CNBC. “Those profits swelled to some $2.4 trillion — or about 14 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, according to new estimates released Monday.”

“The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, was in Washington on Monday to meet with U.S. officials, including Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who has been bluntly critical of a series of EU investigations into taxes paid by American companies on profits held outside the U.S.,” Schoen reports. “Both Apple and the Irish government are appealing a ruling last month that the tech giant owes the Irish Treasury $14.5 billion, based on a government tax break that the EU ruling said qualified as ‘state aid.'”

“U.S. Treasury officials have also blasted the ruling, saying it sets up the EU as ‘”supranational tax authority.’ The bloc’s efforts also threaten to cut into the Treasury’s revenue collections because taxes paid to a foreign country can be deducted from a company’s U.S. tax bill,” Schoen reports. “The move has also drawn fire from U.S. corporate groups, including the Business Roundtable, which represents 185 CEOs of large companies with combined revenues of $7 trillion. On Friday, the group sent a letter to the leaders of all 28 EU member countries, urging them to work to overturn the Apple ruling and end the tax probes.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The EU’s antitrust commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, is a fool.

If you play with fire (ask those who settled for a Samsung phone instead of a real iPhone), you’ll get burned.

Anyone who decides to set up a business in a European Union member country today is insane.MacDailyNews, August 30, 2016

There’s nothing like the world’s preeminent superpower playing hardball with some quasi-governmental political confederation that’s already been hit with one very significant defection and the existential threat of widespread desertions hanging over its collective head. — MacDailyNews, August 25, 2016

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