Ireland continues to drag its feet over Apple tax collecting

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The Irish debt office said it would hire managers for the job by mid-November.
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In the latest instalment of Apple’s battles with the European Union over taxes, Ireland is set to miss a deadline to hire managers to cary out the collection of its owed taxes.

The Irish debt office previously said that it would hire custodians and investment managers for the estimated $15.3 billion tax bill it was awarded by mid-November. However, Ireland — which has fought against collecting the funds from Apple — hasn’t handed out the contracts as it said it would in tender documents.

Europe sues Ireland over unpaid Apple taxes

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The E.C. is continuing its battle with Silicon Valley.
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The European Commission is continuing its battle with Silicon Valley tech giants by taking Ireland to court, demanding that it reclaim a $17.6 billion tax payment it is owed by Apple.

In addition, it is demanding that Amazon pay it 250 million euros ($294 million) on the grounds that is has enjoyed an illegal “sweetheart deal” in Luxembourg.

Ireland could be in trouble for ignoring Apple’s giant tax bill

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Ireland has yet to claim its Cupertino windfall.
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Ireland could receive an official rebuke from European Union authorities this week for failing to collect the $17.6 billion tax payment it is owed by Apple.

Apple was supposed to pay the money way back on January 3, but Ireland has continued to battle against the case — with the majority of the country saying it doesn’t want Apple’s money. As a result, the European Commission may issue a so-called “non-compliance action” against Ireland.

Europe wants to loosen Apple’s control on device repairs

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The EU wants gadgets that are easier to fix and upgrade.
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Future iPhones and MacBooks will be more robust and easier to repair if the European Commission has its way.

Parliament is pushing for gadget makers like Apple to prolong the lifespan of their products by eliminating planned obsolescence and making it easier for consumers to repair and upgrade their devices.

U.S. government could back Apple’s tax battle against E.U.

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The E.U. fined Apple as massive $14.5 billion last year.
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The U.S. government may intervene as Apple appeals its massive 13 billion euro ($14.52 billion) tax bill from the European Union.

The demand for money was made last year, after the E.U. ruled that Apple has taken advantage of illegal state aid in routing its profits through Ireland. It seems that the U.S. government doesn’t see entirely eye-to-eye with Europe, though.

Antitrust investigators slam Google with $2.7 billion fine

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The E.U. regulators are hitting out at Google.
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Google has been fined 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) by European Union regulators for reportedly skewing its search results in a way that hurts smaller shopping search services.

In addition to the massive fine, Google has been told that if it doesn’t stop its “illegal” suppression of rival price comparison services within 90 days, the European Commission will fine it up to 5 percent of its daily revenue.

Apple: Europe doesn’t understand how we make money

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Tim Cook has always insisted that Apple is no tax dodger.
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Apple has filed a defense against its massive European Commission tax bill, arguing that it shouldn’t have to pay its $14 billion tax bill, and that the request should be either totally or partially annulled.

The argument, essentially, is a 14-point extension of Tim Cook’s previous assertion that existing tax codes are designed for an industrial, rather than a digital age.

Apple asserts that the European Commission misunderstands Apple’s business dealings, and says the reason it shouldn’t have to pay massive taxes in Ireland is because the actual profit-driving work Apple does is carried out elsewhere.

Apple is shifting its international iTunes business to Ireland

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Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
Apple's headquarters in Cork, Ireland.
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Tax guru thinks Apple’s bill from Europe could be overturned

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Apple's tax structure landed it with a massive bill last year.
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Apple’s massive tax bill from the European Commission is tantamount to an ill-advised “land grab” and could be reversed in court, claims Feargal O’Rourke, the man who heads up the tax practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Ireland.

Speaking at the Irish Times corporation tax summit in Dublin, O’Rourke said he is confident the Commission’s decision will be overturned by the European Court of Justice.

Apple: Massive EU tax bill is just about making headlines

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Apple's general counsel thinks the move against Apple is basically clickbait.
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Apple has launched its legal challenge against the European Union’s demand of $14 billion in allegedly unpaid back taxes.

In a statement, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell said Cupertino has been targeted because of its success, implying that European legislators picked on the company for largely symbolic reasons.