The fightback begins: Ireland prepares for EU Apple censure

Tax lawyer is retained to prepare grounds for appeal

25th October, 2015
A verdict in a few weeks will decide whether tech giant Apple is forced to reimburse the taxman Picture: Bloomberg

The state is preparing a robust defence of its taxation policy in the increasingly likely event that the European Commission rules that Apple received a sweetheart deal from the Revenue Commissioners that allowed it to avoid billions in taxes.

Senior officials are gearing up for the ruling in the next few weeks from European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager that could potentially see Apple ordered to reimburse the taxman.

However, the government is already preparing the...

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