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Apple and international tax justice

Multinational corporations are not paying their fair share

By Mary Honeyball  

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Read more: Will Britain profit from the EU ruling on Apple’s taxes?

On 30th August, the European Commission ordered Apple to pay €13bn (£11bn) in taxes, plus interest, to Ireland. It ruled that the country, Apple’s European base, granted the company illegal benefits, reducing its tax bill between 2003 and 2014. The Commission maintains this violated the state-aid rules designed to provide a level playing field across the European Union, which outlaw favourable treatment towards companies by individual member states. Competition commissioner…

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