Ireland invests Apple’s collected back taxes in low-risk bonds

By Roger Fingas

Monday, July 01, 2019, 09: 11 am PT (12: 11 pm ET)

As a method of keeping up worth pending appeals, the Irish federal government has supposedly invested the back taxes the European Commission bought it to gather from Apple into low-risk securities.

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Many of the financial investments are in brief- to medium-term sovereign and quasi-sovereign bonds, the National Treasury Management Agency stated in a yearly report seen by Reuters Irish taxpayers will allegedly be protected against any losses.

The will be “no loss to the state,” said NTMA primary executive Conor O’Kelly. “Apple and Ireland have agreed that the pot is the pot, whatever is there at the end so we don’t have to comprise any distinction. That’s an agreed investment policy.”

In 2016, the European Commission ruled that Ireland extended illegal state aid to Apple in the kind of preferential tax breaks. While Apple and the Irish federal government are still battling the choice, Apple has already paid Ireland a $15 billion lump amount to prevent any additional E.U. actions. The cash is being held in escrow in the belief that it will become returned.

CEO Tim Cook has kept that Apple pays “all of the taxes we owe” and follows “the spirit of the laws,” despite the long-running use of loopholes, and previous rulings on back taxes

The business is understood to have actually funneled billions of dollars in worldwide profits through Ireland, exploiting a monetary technique known as the “double Irish.” It paid simply 1%on European earnings in 2003, and as low as 0.005%in 2014.

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