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Irish government will appeal EU Apple tax ruling

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Staff Writer | September 3, 2016
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Taxes   The decision was made on Friday

The executive branch of the Irish government has agreed to appeal the European Commission ruling in which Apple was ordered to pay the state £13bn in backtaxes.

The decision was made on Friday after doubts emerged over whether the independent ministers in the cabinet would back the appeal favoured by the main party in government, Fine Gael.

Apple's tax practices in Ireland were ruled illegal by the Commission earlier this week in a landmark case. CEO Tim Cook heavily criticised the decision, referring to it as "political crap", and he is also set to back an appeal.

The Dail, Ireland's parliamentary chamber, passed a motion this week to launch an independent review into the country's corporate tax system, and will debate the Apple appeal on Wednesday.


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