I am outraged that Apple is outraged by its tax bill (Apple rages at EU’s €13bn tax demand, 31 August). Apple has hundreds of stores in Europe to sell its products. The message to Apple is very simple: if any of your stores catch fire, don’t bother to call the fire service. If you are burgled, don’t call the police. If you want to deliver your products using public roads, you can’t. If someone falls off a ladder in one of your stores, don’t call the medical services.
If you do not want to pay your taxes, fine. But do not expect to use the infrastructure paid for by our taxes.
Fire and police are paid for by rates, of which business rates are a large, around half, part and which stores do indeed pay. Roads are paid for out of fuel duty, which the lorries delivering do pay. Medical services, the NHS, are at least nominally paid for out of national insurance, a tax upon wages, which Apple employees do pay and with regard to the employers’ part (ignoring incidence) Apple does pay.
But then they are all thick in the Midlands, aren’t they?