Apple and Ireland have Wednesday won a big tax case at the EUROPEAN Court of justice, which the EUROPEAN Commission had demanded that Ireland should collect 13 billion euros in tax from Apple.
the EUROPEAN Court of justice writes in its decision that it has annulled the EU Commission's requirements from 2016. There was no talk about illicit irish state aid to Apple, which the EUROPEAN Commission had put forward.
the Case is about a tax deal that Apple has entered into with Ireland. It has meant that Apple has paid down to 0,005 per cent in tax.
It has been advantageous for Apple, which has posted its milliardindtægter in the european UNION in its european headquarters in Ireland.
Margrethe Vestagers predecessor as competition commissioner in the EU, Joaquin Almunia, launched a study of the tax agreement. The dane led since the case on.
Vestager concluded in 2016, to Apple having to pay an additional 13 billion euros in tax in Ireland. It is equivalent to about 100 billion dollars.
the Case is one in a series of large tax cases, which the EU Commission has initiated against multinational companies, which make a lot of money - but pay little tax in Europe.
In a written response to the EUROPEAN Court of justice decision by the irish ministry of finance states that, according to irish state tv RTE:
- Ireland has all the time clearly said, there is not provided any kind of preferential treatment to Apple's two companies, ASI and AOE. Proper irish tax has been charged, it says.
Apple has also authored a response to the decision of the court of justice in Luxembourg.
- This case was not about how much tax we pay. It was about how we must pay it. We are proud to be the largest taxpayer in the world, as we know how important tax is to the community, writes Apple.
Had Apple and Ireland lost the case, they would in addition to skattekravet of 13 billion euros, also having to pay interest for an amount equal to around 10 billion Danish kroner.