Apple is facing a public relations disaster and a bill that could run to billions of euros because the European Commission is set to rule that it enjoyed an illegal tax deal in Ireland.
The California company will be ordered by Brussels to pay back the taxes it avoided through the use of loopholes to hide profits worth tens of billions of dollars with the connivance of Dublin.
No, that’s simply not what can happen. The Commission can order the Irish Government to recover illegal state aid. Seriously, this is the fucking newspaper of record. Can’t they get this right?
Over on the same paper’s Irish pages :
The European Commission is expected to order today that the government recover hundreds of millions of euros in back-taxes from Apple,
Nearly right. Better, at least.
David O’Sullivan, the EU ambassador, told The Times. “It’s a very precise issue of whether there was subsidised aid given to Apple via a special deal on the tax . . . That’s what the commission will decide on and I think the issue will be limited to that,” he said.
It ain’t about the basic structure.