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Topic: European Commission

EU to scrutinize Apple's Shazam takeover on competition concerns from member states

02/06/2018, 04:02 pm

The European Commission on Tuesday said it will look into whether Apple's proposed Shazam acquisition meets competition standards, following a request by several EU countries.

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EU tipped to sanction Qualcomm over Apple chip deal with potential $2B fine

01/23/2018, 03:01 pm

The European Commission is reportedly preparing to sanction Qualcomm for anti-competitive practices in supplying components to Apple for use in its iPhones, with the antitrust watchdog potentially levying a fine against the chip producer of up to $2 billion.

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EU says Apple's cash repatriation plans won't alleviate Irish $15.9B back tax payments

01/18/2018, 11:01 am

Though Apple is planning to pay the U.S. some $38 billion in taxes on repatriated foreign cash, that won't impact how much it owes in Ireland, a spokesman for the European Commission said on Thursday.

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Ireland's plans for Apple to pay $15.9B in back taxes may be delayed until Q2 2018

01/17/2018, 03:01 pm

Ireland's attempt to collect an estimated 13 billion euro ($15.9 billion) in unpaid taxes could take longer than previously thought, after Prime Minister Leo Varadkar advised to EU lawmakers that initial payments could commence during the second quarter of this year.

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Apple sues group that occupied Paris store to protest company's unpaid taxes

01/04/2018, 12:01 pm

Apple has leveled a lawsuit against Attac -- the Association for the Taxation of Financial Transactions and Citizen's Action -- which ran protests at a number of French Apple stores on Dec. 2, including a brief occupation of the company's flagship Opera store in Paris.

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Court rejects US bid to intervene in Apple's appeal of EU tax ruling

12/15/2017, 01:12 pm

The European Union's General Court has refused a U.S. government request to intervene in Apple's appeal of a 2016 European Commission ruling, which ordered Ireland to collect approximately $15.3 billion in back taxes from the company.

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Ireland says Apple to start paying $15.4B in back taxes in Q1 2018

12/04/2017, 10:12 am

Apple should finally begin paying $15.4 billion in back taxes into an escrow account in the first quarter of next year, Ireland's finance minister announced on Monday.

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Activist group occupies French Apple stores in protest of unpaid Irish taxes

12/02/2017, 05:12 pm

An activist organization staged a series of protests at French Apple stores on Saturday, calling on the company to pay the $15.5 billion in back taxes the Irish government has been ordered to collect by the European Commission.

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EU presses Apple for details on latest tax arrangements in wake of Paradise Papers

11/07/2017, 08:11 pm

The European Union's competition commissioner has asked Apple to update details on its tax situation, following allegations that the company relocated some operations from Ireland to Jersey to avoid higher rates.

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Apple slams story of cash hidden in Jersey to reduce taxes, calls itself 'largest taxpayer in the world'

11/06/2017, 11:11 pm

In a rare blog posting, Apple listed a series of inaccuracies in the "Paradise Papers" tax story reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, while outlining its business in Cork, Ireland; emphasizing that the company is the "largest taxpayer in the world" and repeating that it "pays every dollar it owes in every country around the world."

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European Commission takes Ireland to court for failing to collect taxes from Apple

10/04/2017, 09:10 am

Confirming an earlier report, the European Commission on Wednesday said it will bring Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to collect at least $15 billion in back taxes from Apple, which were originally due Jan. 3.

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Ireland could face fine for dragging heels on back taxes from Apple

10/02/2017, 04:10 pm

The European Commission is set to penalize Ireland with a "non-compliance action" for failing to collect up to $17.6 billion in back taxes from Apple, owed after the Commission found the Irish government brokered unfair deals that constituted illegal state aid.

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Irish finance minister decries EU's demand for $15B+ in Apple back taxes, says it's not Ireland's job

08/17/2017, 09:08 am

In a German interview this week, Ireland's finance minister attacked the European Commission's ruling calling for the collection of $15 billion in back taxes (plus interest) from Apple, saying it was both unjustified and outside Ireland's responsibility.

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Apple & Ireland 'close to deal' to protect government from losses while holding $17.7B in escrow

08/11/2017, 11:08 am

Apple and the Irish government are reportedly nearing a deal that would shield the latter from losses incurred while holding up to $17.7 billion in Apple cash, including interest -- money that may be due in back taxes following a 2016 European Commission ruling.

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EU levels $122M fine against Facebook for misleading info during WhatsApp takeover

05/18/2017, 09:05 am

The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros -- about $122 million -- for providing "misleading information" during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition, which raised concerns about data sharing between the two services.

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New EU laws could soften Apple's grip on App Store content and revenue

05/10/2017, 11:05 am

The European Commission is preparing new regulations that could reduce some of Apple's absolute control over the App Store, in light of the company's position as a "gatekeeper" for customers.

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Irish government spent $467,000 on report defending Apple's tax arrangements

02/20/2017, 12:02 pm

The Irish government spent more than 440,000 euros ($467,000) on a report to defend the tax arrangements between the country and Apple, amid ongoing scrutiny from the European Union.

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European Commission pleased with Apple's $14 billion tax bill payment progress, despite missed deadline

01/31/2017, 01:01 pm

Apple has missed the deadline to pay the 13 billion euros ($14 billion) the iPhone producer was ordered to pay Ireland in back taxes, but the European Commission is noting that progress is still being made by Apple to comply with its ruling.

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Apple appeals EU tax ruling, claims Commission 'retroactively changed the rules'

12/19/2016, 09:12 am

Fulfilling a promise, Apple on Monday formally appealed a tax ruling by the European Commission ordering Ireland to collect at least $13.6 billion in back taxes.

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Irish legislature invites Tim Cook, other Apple execs to hearing on $14.5B EU tax ruling

12/12/2016, 10:12 am

An Irish legislative committee is reportedly optimistic that Apple CEO Tim Cook will accept an invitation to attend a late January hearing, which will examine the European Commission's ruling that Ireland must collect $14.5 billion in back taxes from the iPhone maker.

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