The Irish Parliament agree to challenge the European Commission’s decision on collecting from Apple 13 billion euros in unpaid taxes
As we reported, last week the Irish government announced its decision to appeal to the court of the European Union on the decision of the European Commission, according to which Ireland needs to recover from the Apple 13 billion euros of unpaid taxes. Today, it is the decision of the government was approved by the Irish Parliament with a score of 93 votes against 36. The vote was the result of a 12-hour debate.
The Irish government does not believe that Apple was granted tax privileges that violate the laws of the European Union. Recall that the results of the investigation conducted by the European Commission showed that in the period from 2003 to 2013, the effective rate of tax paid by the company decreased from 1% to 0.005%. While acting in Ireland, the rate in the absence of benefits is 12.5%, being the lowest in the EU.