Apple State Aid case

  • Release Date: 19/12/2016
American Chamber statement following publication of the Final Decision in the Apple State Aid case
 
The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland notes that the European Commission has now published the Final Decision in the Apple State Aid case. The Chamber is aware an application has been lodged by Ireland to the General Court of the EU to annul the decision.
 
Ireland’s reputation as the global destination of choice for US investment relies on key pillars including a talented, highly skilled workforce, and the certainty, transparency and universal applicability to all taxpayers of the Irish tax code.
 
The Chamber understands that the Irish Government fundamentally disagrees with the original ruling, that Ireland gave favourable tax treatment to Apple, and also believes that the Commission decision is at odds with generally accepted international tax/OECD principles.
 
The Chamber is fully supportive of the Irish Government’s decision to appeal this ruling and the independence of Ireland's Revenue authority to operate to the highest international standards. The Chamber believes that Ireland, and every other EU member state, should not have its tax policy and administration second guessed retrospectively. 
 
It is important to note the original Commission ruling stated its decision did not call into question Ireland’s general tax system or its corporation tax rate. The Chamber understands that no other company with Irish operations is under review by the Commission for State Aid purposes.


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Conor Neylan, Communications Manager 
Email: c.neylan@amcham.ie
Phone: 353 1 661 6635