The European Commission plans to appeal a ruling that Apple should not pay Ireland 13 billion euros (£ 11.6 billion) in back taxes.
The General Court of the European Union ruled in July that there was no evidence that Apple had violated the rules on taxes paid in that country.
Ireland has never challenged the deal, but the European Commission, which carried the case, argued that it allowed Apple to avoid taxes on EU income.
The EU said paying the correct amount of taxes was “a top priority”.
In 2016, a court ruled that Apple had indeed received illegal tax breaks from Dublin – but that was overturned in July 2020.
Apple canceled Ireland’s € 13 billion tax bill
The European Commission has claimed that Ireland has allowed Apple to allocate almost all of its EU income to an Irish headquarters that only existed on paper, thus avoiding paying taxes on EU income.
Ireland has consistently said that Apple’s tax bill complied with its regulations.
“We must continue our efforts to put in place the appropriate legislation to fill the gaps and ensure transparency.”
A new appeal will now be submitted to a higher court, the European Court of Justice.
- European Commission
- Republic of Ireland
- Margrethe Vestageuse