Apple announces 1,000 new jobs in Ireland as EU tax ruling nears

“Apple’s chief executive said a looming European Union tax ruling on its dealings with Ireland would not affect its presence in the country where it declares much of its overseas profit and where it added 1,000 new jobs on Wednesday,” Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin report for Reuters. “The EU last year accused Ireland of swerving international tax rules by letting Apple shelter profits worth tens of billions of dollars from revenue collectors in return for maintaining jobs.”

“A decision on whether the tax deal with Apple constituted unfair state aid is due after Christmas, Finance Minister Michael Noonan told journalists on Wednesday. It could force Apple to pay substantial back taxes,” Humphries and Halpin report. “‘You can tell by our announcement today, we’re all in,’ Chief Executive Tim Cook told Irish national broadcaster RTE in an interview when asked if it would scale back its Irish operations if EU regulators ruled against it. ‘If there is an adverse ruling, we’re going to appeal, Ireland is going to appeal and we’re going to support them because there was no special deal, no special arrangement… I can’t say for sure what they’ll come back with but what I do know for sure is if the evidence is viewed on a fair basis, I believe strongly that it will be found that there is nothing wrong done.'”

Humphries and Halpin report, “Apple will add the 1,000 jobs by mid-2017, meaning that at 6,000 workers, about a quarter of its European-based staff will work in Ireland’s second city of Cork, where it is the largest private sector employer.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple has been steadfast in their statement that there was no special tax deal(s) between the company and Ireland.

There was no special deal that we cut with Ireland. We simply followed the laws in the country over the 35 years that we have been in Ireland. If the question is, was there ever a ‘quid pro quo’ that we were trying to strike with the Irish government – that was never the case. We’ve always been very transparent with the Irish government that we wanted to be a good corporate citizen… If countries change the tax laws, we will abide by the new laws and we will pay taxes according to those laws. – Apple CFO Luca Maestri

As we wrote back in April: Apple has repeatedly and confidently stated that they didn’t do anything that was against the law. Therefore, unless the EC tries to change the law retroactively, if that’s even possible, or tries to collect taxes retroactively in some other fashion, Apple is in the clear.

EU demands millions in back taxes from Starbucks and Fiat; sets up showdown with Apple – October 21, 2015
Apple tax probe won’t hurt Ireland, Finance Minister Noonan says – October 5, 2015
EU’s Vestager says will not complete tax inquiries of Apple, others in second quarter – May 5, 2015
Apple warns of potential ‘material’ financial damage from European tax probe – April 29, 2015
Ireland’s Prime Minister: Apple has nothing to fear from end of ‘Double Irish’ tax avoidance strategy – November 4, 2014
Apple says it may lose Irish tax break – October 31, 2014
Ireland to end tax lures that drew U.S. firms – October 14, 2014
EU tax probe spotlights Ireland’s allure for multinationals – October 13, 2014
EU watchdog to give reasons for inquiry into Ireland’s tax treatment of Apple – September 29, 2014
European Commission accuses Apple of prospering from illegal Irish tax deals – September 28, 2014
EU threatens expanded probe into Ireland’s tax practices regarding Apple, Googles, other companies – June 20, 2014
EU’s investigation of Apple’s taxes isn’t going to cause the company any problems – June 13, 2014
EU launches tax avoidance investigations on Apple, Starbucks, Fiat – June 11, 2014
Not in Taxes anymore: On site at Apple’s famous Irish ‘headquarters’ – November 2, 2013
Regan: U.S. tax code spurs loveless foreign corporate ‘marriages’ – May 13, 2014
Ireland to close Apple’s tax loophole, but leave bigger one open – October 15, 2013
G20 think tank OECD proposes blueprint for global crackdown on tax avoidance – July 19, 2013
Thomas Sowell on Apple, corporate taxes, and ‘the road to serfdom’ – May 28, 2013
Taxing Apple just taxes you – May 24, 2013
Don’t tax Apple, tax its shareholders – May 24, 2013
If Apple paid more tax, we might pay less or something – May 22, 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook pounds another nail into the Keynesian coffin – May 22, 2013
Apple CEO Cook makes no apology for company’s tax strategy – May 22, 2013


    1. I wonder why you’ve gotten 1-star votes? Are the Irish hoping for Apple to pay retroactive taxes? Would those same Irish feel the same way if the government came after them for retroactively-changed taxes? Double-standard?

    2. If they didn’t do anything wrong, and don’t have anything to worry about, why are they creating 1000 jobs? …Not that I think they did anything wrong. It just looks funny, and not funny haha. If it looks like a bribe, smells like a bribe…

      1. I could almost believe it was a form of bribery, if only there had been any sign of it whatsoever on the other side of the pond. Surely the U.S. Department of Justice and the Court system would have been less inclined to rough up Apple these years past, had the tech company employed any such under-the-table manoeuvre.

      2. They have 5000 employees there now, of which 1000 were added last year, and another 1000 will be added this year. Apple has been adding employees in Ireland and all over the World like crazy for a decade now. They’re well over 100,000 now, with only about half of those in retail.

  1. a looming European Union tax ruling on its dealings with Ireland

    Reminder: This is the SECOND time the EU has attempted to find something/anything untoward about Apple’s taxes in Ireland. The first time, they found NOTHING wrong. This second time means the EU is DESPERATE to screw Apple somehow/anyhow. And again they will FAIL. 🔬🔬🔬😡

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