In the past year Brussels has written to Apple a record for Europe, the tax penalty in the amount of 13 billion euros, considering that the iPhone maker has long used to illegal state support from Ireland. Now the European Commission expects that the American Corporation will reimburse the damage caused to the European economy.
The European Commission believes that Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe — a subsidiary of the company registered in the country, must pay the missing taxes in the European Treasury in the period from 2003 to 2014, €13 billion.
In the report of the European Commission said that Apple benefited from “selective tax” in Ireland, which gave “a significant advantage over other companies”, presented at the European market.
As it became known to Reuters, the US government is looking for a way to intervene in the proceedings regarding the tax fine the Apple. It is known that the commencement of the proceedings in the administration of Barack Obama, he was criticized. According to politicians, the European Commission want to enrich themselves at the expense of American companies. While the President of the United States Donald trump is not announced anything specific about the proceedings, but an anonymous source Reuters confirmed the intervention of the authorities.
“I can confirm that the United States has sent an appeal to the European court of General jurisdiction to intervene in proceedings and to apply countermeasures to help Apple,” said the source.
The U.S. Treasury Department believe that the actions of the European Commission can jeopardize foreign investments, the business climate in Europe, as well as “the spirit of the economic partnership” between the US and the EU.
Apple is not the only American IT-company, which are of interest to European authorities of the EU. In Italy, Google was accused of tax evasion in the period from 2008 to 2013 and was given a fine of €300 million In the UK, in turn, the company agreed to charge £130 million ($185,4 million) and ordered IT giant to pay a higher tax rate in the future.
Proceedings relating to tax evasion Luxembourg are against other American companies, in particular, Amazon and McDonald’s. Investigation of tax agreements with individual European countries also was conducted in Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.