Apple and other companies have been looked at in the past on how they conduct their tax affairs, and now it would appear that the European Commission intends to investigate Apple’s European tax affairs.
The company runs its European business from Ireland, and has been there for the last 35 years, the company employs a large amount of people in Ireland.
Now the European Commission is investigating whether Apple and also the Irish Government are running Apple’s tax affairs correctly, and they may accuse Apple of benefiting from illicit state aid in Ireland over the last 20 years.
The Commission may also accuse the Irish Government of providing anti-competitive ‘state aid’ to companies, with its current tax rules, and this could end up costing Apple a fair bit of cash.
It is not just Ireland and Apple that the EU Commission are looking into, it is other countries like Luxembourg where Starbucks and the Fiat Group run their European operations from.
There are also a number of other companies that could come under scrutiny from the EU regulators with regards to taxation, which may include Google who also run their EU business from Ireland.
Source Apple Insider