Thursday February 27, 2020

Apple: Competition law is Europe’s weapon of choice

The EU has long tried to control member states’ tax laws - and now it has finally found a way to do it

4th September, 2016
Ireland allowed Apple to allocate profits into a stateless company that effectively paid no tax Pic: Getty

The European Commission’s ruling on Apple has revolutionised the EU’s fight against international corporate tax avoidance, and potentially the entire trajectory of European integration.

Put simply, Ireland allowed Apple to allocate profits into a stateless company that effectively paid no tax, and this has been found to be a form of illegal state aid.

The implication is radical and simple: member states that facilitate multinationals to pay less tax than the...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader

Trial

€1

Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.

Annual

€200

€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.

Quarterly

€55

€42

90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

The narrative of the Sinn Féin surge suggests that politics in Ireland is becoming more polarised like in the US and Britain, but the reality is far more complex

Colin Murphy | 1 week ago

Bank chief McDonagh says move would create better work environment for young parents and people with caring responsibilities

Killian Woods | 1 week ago

Despite a belated show of independence, the US attorney general has been a willing pawn in Trump’s interference in criminal investigations being carried out by the Department of Justice

Marion McKeone | 1 week ago