Yesterday we heard that the EU Commission was about to deliver a ruling on the tax agreement between Apple and Ireland, and now they have published an official statement.
According to the document released by the European Commission, they believe that the deal between Ireland and Apple constitutes ‘state aid’, you can see the official statement below.
In the light of the foregoing considerations, the Commission’s preliminary view is that the tax ruling of 1990 (effectively agreed in 1991) and of 2007 in favour of the Apple group constitute State aid according to Article 107(1) TFEU [Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union]. The Commission has doubts about the compatibility of such State aid with the internal market. The Commission has therefore decided to initiate the procedure laid down in Article 108(2) TFEU with respect to the measures in question.
Ireland and Apple now have one month to reply to the European Commission and they also have to supply the EU regulators with financial documents relating to Apple’s annual income, details on employee status, cost sharing agreements between subsidiaries and more.
Source Apple Insider