The European Commission previously ruled that Ireland had to collect an extra €13 billion in taxes from Apple. The regulator previously said that Ireland had give Apple an unfair tax deal. Both Apple and the Irish Government are in the middle of appealing the ruling.
Now the European Regulators are referring Ireland to the Court of Justice for failing to implement their decision and collect the tax.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said “Ireland has to recover up to 13 billion euros in illegal State aid from Apple. However, more than one year after the Commission adopted this decision, Ireland has still not recovered the money, also not in part. We of course understand that recovery in certain cases may be more complex than in others, and we are always ready to assist. But Member States need to make sufficient progress to restore competition. That is why we have today decided to refer Ireland to the EU Court for failing to implement our decision.”
The deadline for Ireland to implement the Commission’s decision on Apple’s tax treatment was 3 January 2017 in line with standard procedures, i.e. four months from the official notification of the Commission decision. Until the illegal aid is recovered, the company in question continues to benefit from an illegal advantage, which is why recovery must happen as quickly as possible.
You can see the full statement from the European Commission over at their website at the link below.
Source European Commission