Ireland to appeal EU on Apple tax

Ireland to appeal EU on Apple taxIreland will join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand from the European Commission, cabinet decided Friday.

A government spokesman said the parliament would be asked to endorse the legal challenge on Wednesday next week.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has previously confirm Dublin would fight the EU ruling in order to protect country’s tax regime.

The decision to challenge Brussels was supported by Ireland's main opposition party.

So it seems the parliament will support the appeal against European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager's ruling that Ireland provided illegal state aid for Apple's by low taxes.

Apple has already said it will lodge an appeal to define company’s interests.

Also Apple chief executive Tim Cook warned on Thursday that if the Dublin government did not join it in appealing, this would send the wrong message to business in a country whose economic model depends in part on companies like his.
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