Apple claims £11bn EU fine “defies reality and common sense” in landmark tax appeal

Apple claims £11bn EU fine "defies reality and common sense" in landmark tax appeal

Due to changes in US taxation laws, Apple is paying around €20bn to the US on the very same profits that the Commission claims should have been given to Ireland, the court heard.
Ireland’s Treasury, which is backing Apple’s call for the case to be annulled, has so far reportedly paid over €7.1m in legal fees to help secure the country’s reputation as a hub for big technology companies in Europe.
Ireland has argued that the Commission interfered with its sovereignty, and that the Commission’s decision is “fundamentally flawed”. 
The country is home to the European headquarters of major technology businesses including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft and PayPal, but was labelled a “tax haven” by the European Parliament earlier this year.
This is the first of a series of high-profile appeals faced by the Commission since the Ms Vestager’s re-appointment last week.
Lawyers for the Commission are also expected to make their case tomorrow before a panel of five judges, who are set to rule on the appeal in the coming months.

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