Apple $1.8 billion tax arrears payment eases EU pressure on Ireland

“European authorities indicated they are open to dropping a case against Ireland for failing to collecting Apple Inc.’s tax arrears quickly enough, as the company paid over a first trance of cash,” Dara Doyle reports fro Bloomberg.

“After the government missed deadlines to collect the cash, the Commission in October referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice,” Doyle reports. “The Iphone [sic] maker has paid about 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion), the Finance Ministry said in Dublin on Friday.”

Doyle reports, “While Apple and Ireland appeal the EU decision, the government will hold the money in an escrow account until the process is complete.”

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MacDailyNews Take: How magnanimous.

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  1. Utter childish nonsense. The EU should stop playing nanny, as everyone knows the money will be deposited. The longer it takes, the more interest becomes due.

    The silly original reasoning the EU used, like Apple paying 0.005% tax, when they didn’t factor in that Apple had legally “deferred” $35B in US tax, now become even more silly when Apple has announced that they will comply with US tax reform and pay $38B on that foreign-earned income. Somehow, I don’t think that 0.005% tax rate will stay that way for long. The original EU argument was always cynical and wrong, and I can’t wait for the EU appellate court to get thru with this nonsense.

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