European Commission asks Apple to pay 13 billion Euro to Ireland
EU�s investigators who were investing the special tax benefits given to Apple last August revealed that Ireland provided Apple undue tax benefits. EU had alleged that these benefits helped Apple to pay less than its competitors in the tech market
Apple said, it is going to challenge the European Commission's ruling to pay back 13 billion euros ($13.8 billion) to Ireland, which it has received as tax benefits, according to media reports.
EU’s investigators who were investing the case revealed that Ireland had given Apple undue tax benefits. EU had alleged that these benefits helped Apple to pay less than its competitors in the tech market.
Meanwhile, Apple CEO Tim Cook has termed the judgement as "total political crap". He added that the figures quoted by the Commission are false.
In an official statement issued on Monday, Ireland alleged hat the EU commission had "misunderstood the relevant facts and Irish law".
"Ireland did not give favourable tax treatment to Apple - the full amount of tax was paid in this case and no state aid was provided," added the statement, which clarified that, "Ireland does not do deals with taxpayers."
Apple also announced its decision to approach the higher court on the ground that the Commission had made serious mistakes in its ruling that Ireland-based companies, Apple Sales International (ASI) and Apple Operations Europe had existed only on paper and received hundreds of billions of euros as untaxed profits. Apple further said, the Commission made a mistake in its ruling that the companies are inactive, on the ground that they didn't have any employees on their books.
"When Tim Cook, who is the CEO of our company, makes decisions that impact ASI, the Commission says we don't care because he is not an ASI employee, he is an Apple Inc employee. But to say that somehow Tim Cook can't make decisions for ASI is a complete mis-statement of corporate law, it's a misunderstanding of how corporations operate," said Apple.