EU threatens expanded probe into Ireland’s tax practices regarding Apple, Googles, other companies

“The European Commission has told Ireland it may investigate more companies as part of a probe into the country’s tax practices, after announcing a formal probe into Apple Inc’s Irish subsidiaries, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday,” Foo Yun Chee reports for Reuters.

“The EU is investigating whether Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members,” Foo Yun Chee reports. “Corporate profit-shifting has come under the international spotlight in recent years following reports of how companies such as Apple and Google Inc. use complex structures to slash their tax bills. The Commission suspects Ireland was too lenient in rulings it gave to Apple and which helped the company shield tens of billions of dollars in profit from tax and has asked Dublin for information on the rulings it gave the iPhone maker.”

“Apple has denied receiving selective treatment from the Irish authorities. Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg said any tax rulings they give are in line with international practices,” Foo Yun Chee reports. “An Irish finance ministry spokesman said the ministry had no knowledge of the EU threat. ‘We have provided information to the Commission for the information-gathering exercise and in relation to any case, it regards one company and one company only and we haven’t been informed of anything in addition to that,’ he said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Blah, blah, blah.

How this will affect Apple? Zero, zilch, nada.

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  1. About time they actually got off their backsides and did something rather than release endless leaks to the media.
    We could then perhaps have some facts to discuss

  2. I have looked at Google practices: there could be issues due to their tricks with intellectual property rights’ “outsourcing” that allows them to pay less taxes via not owning the rights directly, but “renting” it for very high price and putting it as expenses in accounting books.

    Apple does not do any intellectual property tricks like that, the company is absolutely safe.

  3. The tax advantages enjoyed by Apple, Google and others using the so-called Dutch sandwich are substantial. Luxembourg has the lowest VAT rate in the EU and Ireland has the lowest income tax rates. The Dutch have special rates on all taxes for multinationals meaning they pay only nominal rates.

    Apple uses these trajectories absolutely legally so enabling them to pay as little tax as possible in the EU. For Asia they use other trajectories having the same effects.

    The EU is fed up with public outcries to actually do something about this. Now they are slowly tightening the knots around the multinationals by investigating and changing the rules.

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