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EU scraps Ireland lawsuit in Apple 'state aid' case

The EU is no longer planning to sue Ireland over its failure to recover €14.3bn (?12.7bn) in back taxes and interest from Apple after the company handed over the money.
However, a continuing legal row may mean Irish coffers never see a cent of the windfall.
The European Commission ruled, in 2016, that Apple owed the sum after finding Dublin guilty of providing illegal state aid to the company in the form of tax incentives.Then, last year, EU officials launched a lawsuit against Ireland citing delays in the country recovering the back taxes demanded.They confirmed that case was to be dropped after Ireland's finance ministry confirmed the tech firm had paid up.However, finance minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed the cash - enough to fund the country's health budget for a year - would be held in a protected account pending the conclusion of an appeal by Apple and the Irish government against the original state aid ruling.
EU scraps Ireland lawsuit in Apple 'state aid' case

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Paschal Donohoe will not get to spend the windfall if Ireland and Apple win their appeal in the disputed tax case
He said: "While the government fundamentally disagrees with the commission's analysis in the Apple State Aid decision and is seeking an annulment of that decision in the European Courts, as committed members of the European Union, we have always confirmed that we would recover the alleged state aid.
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