OECD official says EU Apple ruling not precedent for future tax cases

“A multi-billion euro back tax bill handed to Apple by the European Commission should not be seen as a precedent for future tax cases as it was based on state aid rather than tax law, the OECD official spearheading global tax reform said on Monday,” Conor Humphries reports for Reuters.

“Pascal Saint-Amans, who is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s flagship Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project, said that under the new OECD rules, most of the tax from U.S. technology multinationals like Apple should be due in the United States, not Ireland,” Humphries reports. “‘(In) transfer pricing (terms), the bulk of the profit clearly belongs to the United States’ rather than Ireland or any other European country, Saint-Amans told journalists in Dublin.”

Humphries reports, “Saint-Amans said he was hopeful that the Commission would make clear that its rulings did not contradict the BEPS guidelines when it publishes the Apple ruling in full.”

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  1. Actually what he says is in direct contradiction with the EU ruling. The EU ruling states that the back taxes are owned to Ireland but other EU countries where Apple does business could ask for their share of those taxes because in their view, taxes are owned where the product is sold. This gentleman says that taxes are owed where the value is generated, in the US, where Apple designs its products. As a result, it seems that this Frenchman doesn’t understand what he is talking about.

    1. It seems that many EU politicians and bureaucrats have many interpretations of what this really means. I suppose this will be good for Apple when they are summoned to court and asked to explain. The principles are simple – everyone ‘must’ pay their legal taxes. Everyone ‘should’ pay their fair taxes. Tax commissions ‘must’ know the tax laws … but they don’t.

  2. Legalese extortion is the nature of all banking cartels, the EU is a banking cartel. Hillary Merkel supports a North American Union, a whöre sister to the EU.

    American sovereignty vs globalism.

    Trump vs Frump.

    Jefferson vs Soros…the Republic hangs in the balances.
    “mene mene tekel upharsin.”

    1. Exactly, they made this a special ruling applicable only to Apple. They smelled money and just could not resist it. But hey, other companies are safe, and need not worry about coming to EU. They want their cake and eat it too.

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