Apple must wait until 2016 for tax break verdict


Yep, Apple's pretty darn valuable.
Apple could have to pay back billions as a result of tax probe.
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Having previously said that he expected to receive the European Commission’s verdict on Apple’s Irish tax arrangements by Christmas, Ireland’s Finance Minister Michael Noonan now claims that an announcement is likely to be delayed util next year.

The delay in the long-running investigation is the result of regulators asking for additional information from the Irish government, which will take several weeks to gather.

E.U. regulators will decide if Apple’s Irish tax deal is illegal by Christmas


Apple raked in the cash last quarter.
Did Apple benefit from sweetheart deals in the E.U.?
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Apple’s tax practices in Europe have been the subject of investigation for some time now. However, European Union regulators say they’ll finally have a conclusion as to the question of whether Apple benefited from “illegal tax sweeteners” by the end of this year.

According to Ireland’s finance minister Michael Noonan, the decision will be announced, “between now and Christmas.”

The Mac Pro Can No Longer Cut Off Your Fingers, So It’s Back On Sale In Europe



Early in 2013, the old aluminum Mac Pro was pulled from sale in the European Union due to the fact that their pro-level desktop fell afoul of new E.U. regulations that prohibit computers from having fans that spin so fast they can cut off your fingers. Really!

Instead of opting to redesign the old Mac Pro, Apple decided to pull it from sale for a few months until the new models made their debut. Since the new Mac Pro doesn’t have exposed fans, customers in Europe can now order Apple’s super-powerful trashcan Mac through Apple’s online store, and will start receiving their units in February. Neat!

Via: MacGeneration