Apple wins. Apple has won a lot since Jobs returned in 1996.
Europe’s second-highest court ruled on Wednesday that the Republic did not give Apple illegal state aid, overturning a European Commission decision four years’ ago that the iPhone maker owed Revenue €13.1 billion in back taxes.
The General Court in Luxembourg ruled that the commission “did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard” that Apple received tax advantages from the Republic.
The ruling may still be appealed by the commission before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU’s highest court. It could take up to a further three years before there is a final outcome on the case, stemming from the world’s biggest-ever anti-trust decision.
( Irish Times )
The EU case never made sense to me. Apple employs 6000 persons in Ireland and it pays tax to the Irish government. The relationship is beneficial to both sides.
Ireland’s corporate tax rate is lower than that of Germany or France, but that doesn’t mean that Ireland is subsidizing anybody.
International corporate taxation is a hugely complicated mess, esp with massive and international companies like Apple. If the EU wants to sort that out, let it, but not via fake lawsuits like this.
I cannot imagine what a good solution would be, the issue is that complex.