The decision to appeal Apple and Ireland against an EU tax decision is expected next week. The Irish government revealed earlier this week that it is awaiting Wednesday’s decision (via Reuters).
Apple-Ireland Tax Decision Imminent
In a statement, the Irish Minister for Finance said:
The state has been officially informed that the European Union Tribunal (GCEU) will issue its judgment in the Apple State Aid case on July 15.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that next week’s judgment will likely be appealed by one of the parties. During a visit earlier this year, Apple CEO Tim Cook described his company’s commitment to the country as “steadfast.”
The case revolves around the EU’s claim that Apple owes 13 billion euros ($ 16 billion) in tax arrears. Ireland is the European headquarters of Apple and the country has granted it tax rules. In September, the Irish government and Apple launched an appeal against the original decision. At the time, Apple said the decision “defies reality and common sense” and that the EU does not understand its business. The appeal was heard by the second highest court in the EU.