Apple has published its defense to the European Commission’s accusation that it obtained unfair commercial advantage from its corporation tax agreement with Ireland. Apple has published its defense to the European Commission’s accusation that it obtained unfair commercial advantage from its corporation tax agreement with Ireland. Read more
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In September, 2016, we discussed that the European Commission’s probe into Apple, which resulted in an order for the tech giant to pay up to €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, was prompted by a U.S. Senate investigation, European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.
The background for the European Union (EU) assessing a $14.5 billion tax on Apple for its sales in Ireland is a rather complex maze of laws, treaties, and politics. It is not my purpose here to delve into those complexities. I am attempting a simple explanation of the issues involved and why the EU levied the tax, even though Apple and Ireland were both very content with thing the way there were.
The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid.
Ireland’s Plan To Close A “Double Irish” Tax Loophole Could Cost Google And Apple Billions of Dollars
Following pressure from the United States and EU, the Dublin government said it planned to change a rule underpinning this system which allows a company to be registered in Ireland but not resident there for tax purposes. In his budget, Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan has also announced changes to the intellectual property tax regime in the hope of keeping Ireland an attractive destination for business.
Ireland’s plan to close a “Double Irish” tax loophole could cost U.S. companies including Apple and Google billions of dollars. Analysts and tax advisers predict that corporations which need access to the EU’s 500 million consumers will find it difficult to set up equally effective schemes in other member states. Read more
A spokeswoman for Australia’s Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos has indicated that tax-base erosion and profit shifting will be a key focus of the G20 during Australia’s Presidency.
In this connection, speaking before he left for this week’s Davos conference, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said “We want to … try to ensure we have less leaky national taxation systems”.
Commentators have variously encouraged the Prime Minister to push for the publication of taxable incomes of transnational companies by local tax authorities, seek a global solution to the perceived problem and to work within the OECD tax treaty framework to Read more