Belfast Telegraph

Apple tax bill a 'mix of law and politics'

By Ed Carty

The Republic's finance minister has said a European ruling that Apple owes the country €13bn (£11.1bn) in unpaid taxes is a mix of tax law and politics.

The Irish Government has already spent €1.8m (£1.5m) fighting the landmark decision, which said the technology giant secured illegal State aid.

Answering questions at a parliamentary inquiry into the case in Dublin, Michael Noonan said he did not think the ruling helped the fight to get multinationals to pay more tax.

An investigation by European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager last year found Apple paid €50 (£43) in tax for every one million of profit made outside the US in 2014.

The Irish Government and Apple are appealing the decision.

At the Oireachtas joint committee on finance, public expenditure and reform, Mr Noonan said: "I don't think (the commission) were focusing on Ireland particularly."

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