EU to rule Apple owes State billions in back tax

Amount of tax owed due to be much larger than anticipated by Government

The amount of tax the commission will say that Apple owes the Irish exchequer is much larger than the amounts recently anticipated by the Government. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

The amount of tax the commission will say that Apple owes the Irish exchequer is much larger than the amounts recently anticipated by the Government. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

 

The European Commission will today find that Apple owes the Irish State “billions of euro” in back taxes when it rules that the technology giant’s tax arrangements in Ireland constituted a form of illegal state aid.

The amount of tax the commission will say that Apple owes the Irish exchequer is much larger than the amounts recently anticipated by the Government.

It is likely to lead to significant political pressure on the Government, which has made clear its determination to fight the ruling and so avoid receiving the massive tax windfall.

The ruling, to be announced in Brussels today, will not stipulate a figure for the amount of tax owed, but will lay out a process and a formula by which the unpaid tax should be calculated.

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“They are making up new rules for international tax,” said one Minister last night. “They are trying to make us tax Apple for stuff that doesn’t happen here. It’s nonsense.”