Government publishes legal arguments over Apple tax decision

It says Ireland did not give favourable tax treatment to Apple

Government publishes legal arguments over Apple tax decision

File photo of a map of Ireland beside the Apple logo | Image: Niall Carson PA Wire/PA Images

The Government has accused the EU Commission of misinterpreting Irish tax laws in relation to Apple.

In September, the commission ruled that Ireland should recoup €13bn in back taxes from the tech giant.

Today, the Department of Finance has published a list of legal arguments over the decision.

It includes claims that the commission has wrongly rejected expert evidence submitted by Ireland.

It also says that the EU body has exceeded its powers.

In a statement, the Department of Finance says: "The European Commission has signalled its intention to publish the final decision in the Apple State aid case. This was sent to Ireland at the end of August.

"Ireland does not accept the Commission's analysis, which is why we have lodged an application with the General Court of the European Union to annul the whole decision.

"Ireland did not give favourable tax treatment to Apple - the full amount of tax was paid in this case and no State aid was provided.

"Ireland does not do deals with taxpayers."