Even moving Apple’s cash pile home won’t halt E.U. tax investigation

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Apple can't do anything in the face of E.U. investigation.
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Even bringing Apple’s sizable cash pile back to the U.S. wouldn’t stop the E.U. from investigating the company’s Irish tax arrangements, claims E.U. competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

“Whether or not Apple wants to repatriate part of their un-repatriated profits is purely up to Apple and is of no concern [to] our case work,” she told reporters after a recent meeting in the U.S. with the Obama administration.

Apple says it ‘pays every cent’ it owes in E.U. tax

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Apple claims it doesn't receive favorable tax deals in Ireland.
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Apple has spoken up about the European Union investigation into its Irish tax affairs, telling a panel of E.U. investigators that it pays “every cent of tax” it owes in the country, and that it gets no advantage whatsoever compared with other companies.

Apple will defend its tax deals against E.U. this week

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Apple's tax investigations are continuing.
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Apple will join multinationals Google, McDonald’s and IKEA in defending its European tax deals against E.U. lawmakers this Wednesday.

The hearing concerns whether or not giants like Apple are receiving illegally favorable tax deals, which give them an unfair advantage over local businesses.

Apple’s CFO says the company should pay ‘zero’ extra tax in Europe

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Apple's Chief Financial Officer thinks Apple doesn't owe the E.U. one extra cent.
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Despite the noise being made about big multinationals using loopholes to avoid paying tax, Apple’s Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri has made it clear how much he thinks Apple owes as part of the European Union’s ongoing investigation.

“My estimate is zero,” he told the Financial Times. “I mean, if there is a fair outcome of the investigation, it should be zero.”

Don’t spend it all at once, E.U.!

London’s mayor defends Apple’s tax practices in E.U.

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London's mayor doesn't think Apple's necessarily in the wrong.
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Apple’s tax situation in Europe is currently the subject of an E.U. investigation — and public opinion hasn’t been helped too much by Google recently agreeing to pay what many view as a derisory sum of £130 million ($185m) in U.K. back taxes for the past ten years.

But Cupertino has an unexpected champion in the form of tousle-haired London mayor (and possible next Prime Minister) Boris Johnson. Kind of.