EU report rules Apple’s tax breaks in Ireland are illegal

Matthew Jarvis
EU report rules Apple’s tax breaks in Ireland are illegal

A new EU report has stated that tax deals struck between Apple and Ireland are illegal.

The deals, inked in 1991 and 2007 between the tech firm and the country's government, were examined as part of an investigation by the European Comission's anti-trust authority into the wider question of unlawful state aid provided to multinational firms.

The report, published today (September 30th), decided that the Irish tax breaks provided a selective advantage” to Apple, adding the advantage is obtained every year and ongoing”.

The findings are another tax-related misstep for Apple, following the ‘tax-shaming' of the company alongside fellow US giants Starbucks, Amazon and Google last year.

The corporations were criticised by the Public Accounts Committee for avoiding paying tax on their British sales.

Following this week's report, the Irish government will now be offered the chance to formally respond to the accusations.

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