Apple: The EU strikes the first blow

Last week Ireland was alleged to have agreed a sweetheart deal with Apple. Philip Connolly and Jack Horgan-Jones report.

5th October, 2014

In mid-June, the doyens of the Irish tax community were quietly called into the Department of Finance. Amid mounting political pressure both from the US and EU countries, the EU Commission had been taking a long hard look at how multinational technology firms are using the Irish tax system.

The heads of the major accountancy and tax bodies were then told that Ireland had a fight on its hands. After months of tough talking, last...

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