July 15, 2020

Apple wins EU court battle in 13-bn-euro tax case

Brussels (AFP) – A European court on Wednesday annulled an EU order that Apple repay Ireland 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in back taxes, in a major legal setback for Brussels.The commission’s historic ruling against Apple was delivered in August 2016 by Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in a shock decision that put Europe on the map as a scourge of Silicon Valley.The iPhone-maker and Ireland had appealed the order, which Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed at the time as “total political crap”.Vestager was derided as Europe’s “tax lady” by US President Donald Trump because of the case, as w…

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