The Irish finance minister, Michael Noonan, will take his fight against Apple next Wednesday for the 13 million euro tax bill due to the European Union, which could lead to years and years of litigation without solution.
The Irish government will present its appeal against the decision of the European Commission to force Ireland to return tax subsidies received from the Union. This is clearly a case that will test the EU's competences when interpreting state aid legislation in which governments discuss whether they are national issues or not. The Irish challenge at the EU General Court in Luxembourg will join a good batch of pending resources from other countries and companies that also received similar requirements in the past year and consider the regularization of taxes that the EU intends to be unfair. The decision on Apple of the EU was the biggest requirement of recovery of the investment demanded as far as state aid is concerned.
"The government does not agree, fundamentally, with the analysis of the European Commission and that decision left the government with no other way out than to make an appeal to the European courts, which will be presented tomorrow," Noonan said at the European Parliament in Brussels Last Tuesday.
The decision on Apple, which followed a three-year investigation, is part of a broader EU campaign against corporate tax evasion. The resolution of the Apple case brought strong reactions from the US Department of the Treasury, which criticized the investigation of state aid by Brussels. “They threaten to undermine foreign investment, the business climate in Europe and the spirit of the partnership between the US. and the EU ”, declared from the spokesman of the American department.
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