Ireland’s love affair with Apple triggers hate at home: Some Cork residents are souring on the tech giant

“The Irish government’s unwavering protection of Apple has infuriated the very people who stand to gain the most,” Chris Spillane writes for Politico. “The residents of Cork are souring on the tech giant — the city’s biggest employer — and fanning the flames of Euroskepticism.”

“Cork residents resent Dublin’s unwavering defense of the tech giant, most recently its support of the company’s appeal Monday that claimed the EU Commission overstepped its powers,” Spillane writes. “Instead of banking an amount roughly the size of the country’s annual health budget, Irish leaders recoiled at the order and defended its four-decade-long relationship with Apple.”

Spillane writes, “Though Apple employs more than 4,000 people in a city of 125,000, many locals are appalled that the company hasn’t contributed more to the local economy through taxes.”

MacDailyNews Take: Apple employees don’t pay income taxes? Sales taxes? Other local fees and taxes?

“Apple referred POLITICO to a statement saying that the company is the largest taxpayer in the world, the U.S. and Ireland,” Spillane writes. “‘The full amount of tax was paid in this case and no state aid was provided,’ the [Irish] government has said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Newsflash: Corporations don’t pay taxes, you do.

“Corporate taxes” are simply passed along to the consumer. It’s how the government sneakily double-taxes its citizens. You’re taxed on your income and then again on what’s left via higher prices across the board.

Now, employees of corporations most certainly do pay taxes. How would Cork, Ireland be faring without thousands of Apple employees living there and in surrounding areas paying income tax, sales tax, and myriad other taxes?

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  1. Nothing more than the EU political establishment trying to smear Apple inc. as the EU tries to defend its ridiculous position on defending US deferred taxes.

    The Trump business administration will soon sort this nonsense out and repatriate the funds out of reach of the EU.

  2. “Though Apple employs more than 4,000 people in a city of 125,000, many locals are appalled that the company hasn’t contributed more to the local economy through taxes.”

    Like V.A.T. when those 4,000 buy anything in Ireland? Didn’t consider that, did you. Etc.

  3. I am sure there are plenty of other countries who would be happy to take your jobs and with it the economic activity, VAT tax and Apple employees tax base Corkians. Sour away! (Be afraid that Apple doesn’t sour on you first.)

  4. “Morally, the tax issue is wrong,” said Rosarie Lapierre, who works in a shoe store. She added that she no longer had faith in any institution. “The politicians are cut from the same cloth as business. They are on the gravy train.”

    Listen to the little people.

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