The Irish government will seek legal set against the EU Commission’s decision to tax payments of the iPhone-Apple Group to defend. Thereupon the Irish Cabinet agreed at a special meeting on Friday, as a government spokesman said. The European Commission ruled that Apple must pay extra € 13 billion in taxes. About the action before the European Court now is to vote the Irish Parliament. The BBC reported, citing Irish government circles, they wanted to submit to Parliament on Wednesday a “strongly worded” motion to a vote. Observers expect that the government thus across party meets at the deputies with great approval.
How the Irish TV station RTE reports the Justice Department was tasked , draw up an action with which Ireland intends to oppose the “intervention on the tax sovereignty of sovereign Member States” by the EU legislation. At the same time to the Irish Government have announced that they have the system of corporation tax by independent experts. Apple should, according to the EU Commission have received through tax agreements with Ireland inadmissible state aid. Thus, the US group is said to have paid in 2014 a corporation of only 0.005 percent. The Commission ordered payments amounting to 13 billion euros.
The Irish Government and Apple had denied the allegations. Also, the US group announced to file a complaint. Apple CEO Tim Cook accused the EU Commission to pursue a political agenda. The criticism from Brussels, Apple had paid in Ireland in 2014 a corporation of only 0.005 percent, Cook called “political filth”. “I do not know where they got this number,” said Cook. Apple had paid in the year $ 400 million tax in the country. “We believe that we were making it the largest taxpayer in Ireland this year.”
Competition Commissioner Margaret Vestager disagreed. Your authority relied on figures from Apple itself and partly on data from hearings in the US . It advertised more tax transparency. Companies should disclose, among other things, how many employees they have in a country, how much revenue and profit they made and how many taxes they paid. Criticism of the actions of the European Commission on the other hand came from the United States. US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speculated that Europeans had it in for tax payments that would derive from the US Treasury.
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