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Apple, Ireland and the European Commission have squared off in a new round of conflict over the technology group’s tax affairs, with Brussels accusing Dublin of inconsistent tax treatment of global companies. Margrethe Vestager, EU competition commissioner, charged the Irish authorities with not applying a uniform set of rules in the taxation of non-resident companies.
In a 130-page document published on Monday to support the commission’s demand for Dublin to recoup a record €13bn in back taxes, the Brussels body argued that Ireland issued two tax opinions that gave Apple an ultra-low rate without requiring the iPhone maker to substantiate its claim for such treatment.
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