The EU Commission finds that Ireland granted undue tax benefits to a US leading multinational technology company (Apple)

State aid: Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13 billion* The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies – this is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission's investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of

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European Commission, The EU Commission finds that Ireland granted undue tax benefits to a US leading multinational technology company (Apple), 30 August 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin August 2016, Art. N° 81144

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