Irish government officially appeals EU’s $14.3 billion tax grab from Apple

“The Irish government on Wednesday filed an appeal seeking to stop efforts by European authorities to force Apple to pay the country $14.3 billion to cover what antitrust officials say are unpaid taxes,” Mark Scott reports for The New York Times. “Margrethe Vestager, Europe’s competition chief, ordered Apple in August to pay the amount, alleging the company had received preferential tax rulings from the Irish government that gave Apple an unfair advantage over rivals.”

“Both Ireland and Apple deny any wrongdoing. The appeal, filed with the General Court, the top appellate court of the European Union, represents the beginning of a lengthy standoff between European authorities, the Irish government and Apple,” Scott reports. “‘The government fundamentally disagrees with the European Commission’s analysis and the decision left no choice but to take an appeal,’ Michael Noonan, the country’s finance minister, told European politicians on Tuesday.”

“The tax battle is likely to drag on for years,” Scott reports. “Legal analysts say it will take up to 18 months for the General Court to rule on the matter. And any decision may be appealed to the European Court of Justice, the region’s highest court, further prolonging the uncertainty.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Another step in the long slog.

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  1. Maybe if the EU actually said what those illegal and preferential tax breaks were, we would all be wiser? Or are we all supposed to go along with their ruling – because EU!
    Disclaimer: EU resident who did not vote Brexit.

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