Crunch time for Apple in fight against $15 billion European Union tax order

Topics Apple Inc | European Union | Ireland


By Foo Yun Chee and Padraic Halpin BRUSSELS/DUBLIN (Reuters) - Apple's clash with EU competition regulators comes to a head on Wednesday as Europe's second-highest court rules on whether it has to pay 13 billion euros ($15 billion) in Irish back taxes, a key part of the EU's crackdown against sweetheart tax deals.

In its order four years ago, the European Commission said Apple benefited from illegal state aid via two Irish tax rulings that artificially reduced its tax burden for over two decades - to as low as 0.005% in.....

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