Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (164)

Pearse Doherty


164. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if other countries have made a claim on the money collected from a company (details supplied) in an escrow account following the EU Commission state aid decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5197/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

Notwithstanding the appeal that the Government has lodged in the Apple State aid case, Ireland is required to comply with the binding articles of the Commission’s Final Decision and to recover the alleged aid from Apple. As such the collection of the alleged State aid has been completed, with the funds having being transferred to an Escrow Fund in which they will be held until the conclusion of the legal process.

The Commission has said publicly that the recovery amount may be reduced if other countries were to require Apple to pay more taxes.

The Commission’s Decision does not change the taxing rights in other countries and what the Commission is referring to here forms part of the regular private tax process for any global company, whereby they are responsible for managing their global tax affairs in the various jurisdictions in which they are located.It is therefore a matter between the company in question and the tax authorities in the various locations where they do business as to whether there are any taxation issues to be addressed and I am not in a position to comment on that engagement due to the necessity to respect taxpayer confidentiality.