Ireland’s Department of Finance outlined its key arguments to appeal the European Commission’s (EC’s) ruling that it had breached European Union (EU) state aid rules in its tax deal with Apple.
Arguments for the appeal
In a statement, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan outlined several arguments for the appeal.
First, he said, Ireland didn’t provide favorable treatment to Apple. The Chairman of Ireland’s Revenue Commissioners has stated that:
- There was no departure from the applicable Irish tax law,
- There was no preference shown in applying the law, and
- The full tax due was paid in accordance with the law.
By Guest Writer: Andy Dawnbarn, Wilkins Kennedy LLP
Andy Dawbarn is partner at Wilkins Kennedy (WK) in the UK. WK is one of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the UK and a new member of Allinial Global. Andy specializes in Value Added Taxes (VAT) having spent over 30 years in VAT, including HM Customs and Excise.
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The approval came before Britons voted to leave the EU, a move that has significant tax implications (see sidebar below).
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Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem indicated that the Netherlands will be at the forefront of efforts to combat multinational tax avoidance.
In a passing reference to his country’s current struggles with the European Commission (EC) over tax rulings, Dijsselbloem said, “If the Netherlands has been part of the problem in the past, we want to be part of the solution from now on.” (more…)
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