Thursday August 13, 2020

Lucinda Creighton: Ireland won on Apple tax, but we’re not yet out of the woods

While Margrethe Vestager’s allegations about an Apple sweetheart deal were last week brushed aside by the General Court of the EU, the new left-leaning EU Commission has a strong thirst for tax harmonisation

19th July, 2020
Margrethe Vestager, the EU Competition Commissioner, was clearly wounded by Wednesday’s ruling as she vowed that the fight against Apple and Ireland is not over. Photo: John Thys

The European Commission launched its tax action plan last Wednesday, the same day as the General Court of the EU published its ruling on the Apple Tax case. The timing was no coincidence.

While the commission had hoped that its €13 billion fine would be upheld by the court, it was preparing a very pointed announcement on EU tax strategy that was deliberately designed to coincide with the court’s ruling, regardless of the verdict....

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