Apple ruling welcomed, but industry expects glare to fall on Ireland’s tax regime

Charities say State must address ‘extreme nature’ of corporate tax avoidance

Apple’s Hollyhill campus in Cork: EU court decision ‘should curtail EU commission posturing on State aid’, Chartered Accountants Ireland said. Photograph: David Creedon/Anzenberger

Apple’s Hollyhill campus in Cork: EU court decision ‘should curtail EU commission posturing on State aid’, Chartered Accountants Ireland said. Photograph: David Creedon/Anzenberger

Industry groups welcomed the ruling in the EU’s second-highest court that Ireland did not give illicit State aid to technology giant Apple. But concern remains that the spotlight will remain firmly on the State’s tax regime for the foreseeable future amid ongoing efforts to reform corporation tax structures globally.

The court’s decision “should curtail EU commission posturing on State aid”, said Brian Keegan, Chartered Accountants Ireland director of public policy.

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