U.S. Treasury official to meet EU antitrust team over Apple tax deals

“A senior U.S. Treasury official will meet European Union antitrust officials investigating tax deals involving Apple and Amazon on Friday, the latest lobbying effort against a crackdown on U.S. firms,” Foo Yun Chee reports for Reuters.

“The meeting comes a week after Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook met European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who is expected to rule on his company’s sweetheart deal with Ireland early this year,” Chee reports.

“All the companies have denied wrongdoing,” Chee reports. “Apple could face a hefty back tax bill as the EU investigation covers a period of up to 10 years.”.

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MacDailyNews Take: Yet another drag on AAPL.

Weak guidance and tax “investigations” are the perfect recipe for AAPL P/E compression.

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  1. This is why Apple, Goggle and the rest should pay higher taxes.The United States of America Treasury will engage the other governments of the world on their behalf. Any other citizen have such a tax break and be able to get that kind of service from the government. No, well, unless you are a 1%er, you may get this kind of treatment.

  2. Many countries are signing up to exchange tax info on multinationals in an attempt to make their dealings more transparent.
    With Apple holding billions off-shore to avoid US tax, I don’t expact they will be volunteering to do them any favours in avoiding EU taxes for sales in Europe

  3. You have to wonder if the upside down pressure on Apple stock via Wall Street – totally ignoring profitability – is orchestrated by those seeking company compliance on the issue of privacy

  4. Hilary Clinton knows Apple’s value as an American innovation model and natinal pride – guaranteed she’ll cut a tax holiday/ tax deal to help Apple bring its overseas money here without a 40% hit.

  5. Thomas Piketty is right. Fortunes can be wired anywhere in the world with a few keystrokes, and wealthy individuals, companies, institutions, and investment funds can hire legions of lawyers to scour the world for ways to avoid taxes to optimize wealth creation. For these reasons, the world needs a uniform global system of taxation. There is no reason to allow some countries, like Ireland (or Switzerland) to garner “business” by beggaring-their-neighbors via unusually low tax rates or rules designed to enable tax avoidance elsewhere (eg, Swiss banking rules). This applies to taxation at the individual level, as well as the corporate level.

    The two biggest impediments to wealth creation are taxes and fees. If you can avoid those, you’ve got it made. As they say, “It’s not what you make, it’s what you keep!” We need a uniform system of global taxation.

    1. This is a lot more complicated than just a grab for Apple’s money.

      The force pushing the investigation is the European Commission, which does not collect any direct taxes on individuals or corporations. It therefore has no financial stake in the outcome. It is just concerned with enforcing the founding principle of the European Union (and its predecessors back to 1952), that the continent should be a single free market in which businesses have a level playing field without major national differences due to governmental home-towning.

      Among the parties fighting the EC is the Republic of Ireland, which is the entity that would receive all those back taxes. It is therefore acting against its own short-term financial interest by arguing that its tax deal with Apple should stand. They are more concerned with preserving their long-term interest in national sovereignty.

      Apple is just caught in the middle of a double-whammy. On the one hand, they have made a series of decisions about the siting and structure of their business that are largely dependent on tax considerations. On the other, the stability of their tax arrangements is now in serious doubt.

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