Apple has won an EU General Court appeal that saves it from paying €13 billion in back taxes to Ireland, following a European Commission order that dates back to 2016.
The 2016 EC order followed a competition watchdog ruling that the tech giant had profited from illegal state aid from Ireland. Today, the EU General Court annulled the order, saying that while it agreed with the Commission that Ireland’s tax laws have inconsistencies, there wasn’t sufficient evidence that Apple received special treatment from Ireland.
At the time of the order, the European Commission said that Ireland had tailored tax laws that allowed Apple to pay artificially low corporate tax on its profits in Europe for more than 20 years, which at one point was as little as 0.005 per cent in 2014.
Both Apple and Ireland appealed the decision in 2019.