In anticipation of an appealing appeal, Apple has paid the equivalent of more than $ 15 billion to the Irish government to settle the underpayment of taxes to the European Union.
Apple has paid the outstanding balance of 13.1 billion euros of disputed taxes to the Irish government, Reuters reported Tuesday, referring to the financial minster of Ireland.
In addition to the 13.1 billion ($ 15.3 billion in US dollars), Apple has paid another 1.2 billion euros ($ 1.4 billion) in interest.
The reason for the payments is a statement from the European Commission in 2016 that Ireland has to collect billions of arrears from Apple. The ruling showed that the Irish government had enjoyed an extended preferential tax treatment at Apple, which has long had its European headquarters in that country. The EU does not allow individual Member States to give companies benefits that are not available elsewhere in the EU.
Both Apple and Ireland are appealing against the ruling, and the appeal is expected to start in the autumn. From the beginning of August, Apple had paid $ 10.4 billion of the balance of $ 15.3 billion.
In February, the EU said it could file a lawsuit against the Irish government if it succeeded in paying the money that Apple had to pay.
The 14.3 billion euros, Reuters said, is enough to finance Irish health care for a year.
Apple has been doing business in Ireland since 1980 and currently has about 6,000 employees, as well as a large community of app developers.
The company benefited from the ability to pay lower taxes due to its presence in Ireland, but when Tim Cook visited the country in June, he said that Apple's presence in Ireland goes beyond that.
"Frankly, we did not come to Ireland for tax," Cook said during his visit to an Irish newspaper. "We came to Ireland in 1980 because we saw a community that we thought we could grow and do some things to support the continent." We have been on course for almost four decades. line – life is not a straight line, things go up and down – but it is always in a process that is increasing. I do not expect that to change. "
In May, Apple canceled its Athenry data center project in Ireland, citing delays in the approval process. During his visit, Cook made it clear that Apple has no plans to leave Ireland.