But because they had pulled the Double Irish, the European commission has ruled, Apple deprived the EU of $14.5bn over the last 10 years. The EU ordered Apple to pay the taxes with interest at the end of August, a decision whose logic the company refutes.
The EU’s not been deprived of anything. The tax is not an EU tax, the revenue does not go to the EU. And the EU hasn’t ordered Apple to pay anything. It has ordered the Irish government to repay what the US says is illegal state aid.