Offshore Ireland: Devil in the detail as Apple tax row rages

Semantics rule as Apple and the government try to kick sand over low-tax controversy, writes Cliff Taylor.

1st June, 2013
Ireland's alluring tax structure is at the centre of an international storm. But, for most multinationals, Ireland is just part of an international tax network.

Tim Cooke was on message. In a lengthy interview broadcast last week he was asked about the statement in a US Senate committee report that Apple had a special tax deal with the Irish government. He replied: "We had no special deal with the Irish government which gave us a 2 per cent flat tax rate."

Government information departments tweeted out links to the interview under the tag "we do not have a special deal with...

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