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    iRELAND threatens to take APPLE to court over that €13bn bill

    Varadkar's legal threat to Apple on €13bn tax bill

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar threatened the Government may take Apple to court over the delay in coughing up €13bn in back taxes demanded by the European Commission.

    Brussels has already referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to collect the money more than a year after the technology giant was ordered to pay up.

    The Government and Apple have consistently insisted the tax was never owed, and both have appealed the controversial ruling. It has said officials have been working on establishing an escrow fund to house the money once the final amount is calculated.

    But Mr Varadkar upped the ante yesterday as he appeared to cast blame for the delay on to Apple. Suggesting a strain in relations between the Government and one of the country's biggest employers, the Taoiseach said the Government didn't want to be in the position where it would have to take legal action against Apple.
    Ohhhh ... not all is well between iRELAND & APPLE it seems. Now theres one for the books that I wasnt anticipating.

    So at the moment Ireland and Apple are going up against the European Commission in the ECJ while Ireland and the European Commission could be going up against Apple ..

    Interesting times!
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    Ruff says Flaherty Ruff says Flaherty is offline
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    Take the money. The public deserves and demands it. Sort out the hospitals, build houses and have a party.
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    Apple will fight this all the way its not like they cant afford a 10 or 15 year legal battle with the EU and Ireland at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwoody View Post
    Apple will fight this all the way its not like they cant afford a 10 or 15 year legal battle with the EU and Ireland at the same time.
    Yeah but at the same time Ireland AND APPLE are fighting the EU .. How is that going to work?
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    Look...over there!!!!

    Nothing to see in the Dail!!!
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    The Government was grumpy because Snow White (the people) is happy to take the €13bn apple but while some are sleepy and others bashful it would be dopey not to take the €13bn apple to hire doc for when we are sneezy.
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    Mrwoody Mrwoody is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by robut View Post
    Yeah but at the same time Ireland AND APPLE are fighting the EU .. How is that going to work?
    If they say they are not paying over any money until after all legal challenges are complete which could be 10 years what can Ireland or the EU do about it? Sweet Feck all thats what.
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    It'll be lonely 'round the fields of Athenry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrwoody View Post
    If they say they are not paying over any money until after all legal challenges are complete which could be 10 years what can Ireland or the EU do about it? Sweet Feck all thats what.
    Besides which it's still a 'known unknown' that the exact destination of that thirteen billion has yet to be decided. It's down to what profit was generated where by Apple's European operation. Could be that the cash, assuming it's ever paid, will be divided up between a number of countries.

    Keep the bunting in its box for a while yet.

    Maybe a long while . . .
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    Tax dodgers apple not paying up supported by the irish tax haven (enabler). This is semantics by the government. They can't be fighting both sides at the same time.
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