The Judiciary Cancels the European Commission’s Decision for Apple to Pay 13 Billion Euros Taxes in Ireland

The European Court issued a ruling Wednesday to annul the European Commission’s decision the American Apple, the computer and mobile phone giant, the sum of 13 billion euros of taxes to pay  to Ireland, a member of the European Union. The court said the commission had failed to establish an “optional economic franchise” for Apple in Brussels. Dublin welcomed the court’s decision.

On Wednesday, the European judiciary saw that the European Commission had not succeeded in proving “an optional economic franchise” for Apple in Brussels, thereby issuing a previous Commission decision ordering Apple in the summer of 2016 to pay 13 billion euros of taxes in Ireland, according to Brussels.

The Commission, which was severely affected by this decision, after an investigation conducted by it, concluded that Apple returned to Ireland between 2003 and 2014 all the revenues it generated in Europe, as well as in Africa, the Middle East and India, because it was receiving in this country due tax treatment thanks to an agreement concluded with Dublin authorities.

The Commission is of the opinion that the group has almost completely escaped its taxes for this period, amounting to about 13 billion euros, according to the Brussels accounts, which, in their view, represents illegal “government assistance” as it comes at the expense of other companies subject to less favorable conditions for their work.

However, Dublin asserts that the matter is not against the law. This country, known for its business-friendly attitudes, has attracted many multinationals thanks to its favorable tax system.

Ireland expressed its satisfaction with the decision of the European Court, stressing that “there was never special treatment” for Apple, but was subject to the laws in force in the country.

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The European Court issued a ruling Wednesday to annul the European Commission’s decision to pay the American Apple, the computer and mobile phone giant, the sum of 13 billion euros of taxes due to Ireland, a member of the European Union. The court said the commission had failed to establish an "optional economic franchise" for Apple in Brussels. Dublin welcomed the court's decision.

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