Secretary of state Wiebes mentions Apple case confusing
The European Commission does not sufficiently make clear under what rules the American technologiegigant Apple 13 billion euros of overdue taxes plus interest to the Irish tax authorities must pay. “The Apple case is confusing”, said state secretary Eric Wiebes (Finance) Saturday in Bratislava.
The EU Finance ministers (‘ecofin’) agreed in the Slovak capital on tax avoidance in Europe. Also, Apple came to the order.
EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager (competition) decided in late August that the Irish for many years, illegal belastingdeals have closed with Apple, which is its European headquarters in the country. Both Apple and the Irish government is going against the decision in appeal.
“The entire council understands the wood of what the crux of this case,” said Wiebes afterwards.
“But the information and communication about the case leaves much to be desired. That the Irish tax authorities of the commission income tax to be recovered on profits elsewhere have been achieved, it is also legally strange.”
The Hague also has a lawsuit against the commission at the European Court of Justice.
The netherlands has 25.7 million euro income tax recover of Starbucks, because, according to Vestager, the rules for transfer pricing within a group are incorrectly applied.