“In August the EU said Ireland had broken European law by giving Apple a sweetheart deal. It ordered the country to bill the iPhone maker a record 13 billion euros ($13.9 billion) in back taxes, plus interest, from 2003 to 2014,” Gaspard Sebag, Dara Doyle, and Alex Webb report for Bloomberg. “One example the Commission cites: In 2011, a unit called Apple Sales International recorded profits of about 16 billion euros from sales across Europe. But only 50 million euros were considered taxable in Ireland, leaving 15.95 billion euros of profit untaxed, the Commission says.”

“Though the EU says its goal is “’to ensure equal treatment of companies’ across Europe, Apple maintains that the Commission selectively targeted the company,” Sebag, Doyle, and Webb report. “With the ruling, the EU is ‘retroactively changing the rules and choosing to disregard decades of Irish law,’ and its investigators don’t understand the differences between European and U.S. tax systems, Apple said in a Dec. 8 statement.”

“Apple, which has some 6,000 workers in Ireland, says its Irish units paid the parent company a licensing fee to use the intellectual property in its products,” Sebag, Doyle, and Webb report. “The Irish companies didn’t own the IP, so they don’t owe tax on it in Ireland, Apple says, but the units will face a U.S. tax bill when they repatriate the profits. ‘This case has never been about how much tax Apple pays, it’s about where our tax is paid,’ the company said. ‘We pay tax on everything we earn.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Until this total political crap is properly settled:

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

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