Across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants such as Google and Facebook. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Ireland may welcome US silicon giants with open arms to its shores, but across Europe citizens and governments are less enraptured with tech giants su(...)

Former EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia said the transfers complied with state aid rules Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has approved the 2012 transfer of seven tranches of loans from five Irish banks to the National Asset Management Agency. In a (...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook faces a headache over the company’s labyrinthine tax affairs

Ireland has done extraordinarily well at attracting foreign direct investment, and the politicians and public servants involved must be hoping that(...)

In a letter to the Irish Government in June, commissioner Joaquín Almunia said in each year Apple had paid between €1 million and €10 million in Irish corporation tax. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Apple has warned shareholders it may have to pay a material amount of back-tax to Ireland if the European Commission’s inquiry into its arrangements (...)

State-aid inquiries: outgoing EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia at a news conference at the EU Commission on the corporate taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Within 30 minutes of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announcing the end of the “double Irish” tax loophole in Tuesday’s budget, the European Un(...)

Outgoing  European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia gives a news conference on state aid. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Outgoing EU competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia refused to rule out further EU investigations into tax deals offered by Ireland to multinational(...)

Amazon is the latest US multinational to be drawn into a multi-pronged clampdown on sweetheart tax deals that has already ensnared Apple in Ireland and Starbucks in the Netherlands. (Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Brussels is confronting Luxembourg over an unorthodox Amazon tax deal, alleging it allowed the online retail giant to reap potentially illegal state (...)

The most damning part of the European Commission’s 21-page letter sent to the Government in June is a section detailing an interchange between an Irish Revenue official and a tax adviser for Apple in 1990 that illustrates how the tech giant’s taxable profits were calculated. Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The European Commission’s preliminary findings on Ireland’s tax arrangement with Apple has refocused attention on Ireland’s corporate tax regime, b(...)

Icoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg at the time the arrangement with Fiat was reached. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A tax concession that Luxembourg authorities granted to a subsidiary of Italian car maker Fiat may constitute illegal state aid, the European Commissi(...)

Apple will be accused of prospering from illegal tax deals with the Irish government for more than two decades when Brussels this week unveils details of a probe that could leave the iPhone maker with a record fine of as much as several billions of euros. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The European Commission will tomorrow publish a letter sent to the Government in June outlining the terms of its investigation into Apple’s tax arrang(...)