Ireland ‘blindingly accepted’ Apple tax proposals, EC says

Ireland “blindingly accepted” proposals from Apple when it came to how much of its profits could be taxed by Revenue, according to a lawyer for the European Commission (EC), which decided in 2016 that the iPhone maker had received €13 billion of illegal state aid from the State.

Paul-John Loewenthal, a lawyer for the commission, was speaking in the EU’s second-highest court, the General Court in Luxembourg, on Wednesday, on the second of two days of hearings relating to appeals by Apple and Ireland against the decision.

The commission has claimed that Revenue gave the Californian technology giant an unfair advantage in two “rulings”, in 1991 and 2007, which allowed it to channel most of its European sales through “head office” divisions of two group subsidiaries in Cork, which were non-resident for tax purposes.

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