25-year-old deal led to Apple’s tax bill from hell

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Apple has been one of the biggest employers in Cork since the 1980s.
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Apple landing Europe’s biggest tax bill in history may be hot news today, but the tax arrangement behind it dates back 25 years.

In 1991, eleven years after Apple first opened its Ireland office, it came to a favorable arrangement with the Irish government — at a time when Apple’s market share had collapsed, but it was still one of the biggest employers in Ireland.

Apple gets an unexpected €13 billion tax bill

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Apple just got landed with the tax bill from hell.
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The verdict’s in on Apple’s European tax investigation, and the company has been handed a massive 13 billion euros ($14.52 billion) bill for unpaid back taxes in the Republic of Ireland.

The order was made by European Union competition officials, who ruled that Apple was taking advantage of illegal state aid that allowed the company to route profits through Ireland.

Apple will create 1,000 new jobs at its Irish HQ

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Apple is living up to its promise to expand Irish operations.
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Apple has announced that it will create an extra 1,000 jobs to its Hollyhill site in County Cork, Ireland over the next 18 months — substantially increasing on the 5,000 employees the company currently has in Ireland.

The move is broadly in line with Apple’s overall workforce expansion, which has increased 25 percent over the past year.

Apple finally gets go ahead for Irish data center

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Apple's proposed data center as it will eventually appear.
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After a period of delays and an official hearing with Irish regulatory body An Bord Pleanála, Apple has finally been given permission to move ahead with its 500-acre data center site near the west coast of Ireland.

Apple’s case was heard back in May this year, but it took until recently for inspector Stephen Kay to submit his recommendations to the Irish advisory board about the $960 million project.

Apple to get answer on Irish data center this month

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Apple's proposed data center has met with a bit of resistance.
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Apple can expect to get a final verdict on whether it can continue development on its proposed 850 million euro ($960 million) data centre in Athenry, Ireland later this month.

An oral hearing concerning the major development took place earlier this year, and inspector Stephen Kay has now submitted his recommendations to the Irish advisory board about the project.