The prosecution of European taxes a company Apple again, as the iPhone maker said Friday: It has always complied with Irish tax laws.
Apple explained that the issue that led to the imposition of European taxes of 13 billion euros (15 billion dollars) was related to where the taxes were paid, not the amount.
The comments came after the European Commission said: It will appeal a court ruling rejecting the tax order.
Apple said in a statement: The General Court categorically canceled the committee’s case in July and the facts have not changed since then, and this case was never about how much tax we pay, but rather where we have to pay it.
She added: We will review the Commission’s appeal when we receive it, but it will not change the factual findings of the General Court, which prove that we have always adhered to the law in Ireland, as we do everywhere we work.
The European Union’s antitrust chief, Margaret Westager, has appealed.Margrethe VestagerOn Friday, a court ruling rejected its order to Apple, the iPhone maker, to pay 13 billion euros ($ 15 billion) in back taxes in Ireland, a landmark case in the European Commission’s crackdown on tax deals.
In July, the Luxembourg-based General Court annulled the Commission’s 2016 ruling, saying that EU competition enforcers had not met the legal standard required to prove that Apple had an unfair advantage.
The European tax case against Apple is important, Westager said, an indication that its drive to get multinationals to pay their fair share of taxes will continue unabated.
In a statement, she said: The General Court’s ruling raises important legal issues related to the Commission in its implementation of the rules for state assistance in tax planning cases.
Westager said the legislation is needed to close tax loopholes and ensure transparency in calling on European Union countries to amend the rules.
Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s Finance Minister, said: “Ireland has always been clear about paying the correct amount of Irish tax, and the country has not provided any government assistance to Apple.”
The commission’s case centered on two Irish tax rulings, which he said had artificially reduced Apple’s tax burden for more than two decades.
Westager has three ongoing tax cases, the Ikea and Nike deals with the Netherlands, as well as the Huhtamaki agreement with Luxembourg.