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Apple already pays 25% tax worldwide Add Sales/VAT taxes of 10% Add Income tax that customers already pay 25-50%   So for every $100 of Apple revenue the governments get:   $25 from Apple for Corp income tax $10 for sales/VAT taxes $25-50 from individual income tax   The total tax rate is 75-85% Isn't that FRIKEN ENOUGHT!!!!  The problem ins't Apple.  It the corrupt politicians who are WASTING the tax dollars.   Apple is already paying 25% Corp tax Apple...
 Apple pays 25% on the USA because THEY HAVE NO CHOICE.  The sales made in the USA gets taxed.  They can't avoid it. The big corps in the EU can easily move to South America or various Islands.  Apple has already done this on a small scale.  There are litterally DOZENS of countires that will fall over themself to house big corps to exchange for jobs and even a 1% tax rate would net them hundreds of millions. And look at the COMBINED tax rate for Apple, Microsoft, Google,...
 Maybe not re-elected but to JUSTIFY their existance.Problem is the term suppose to be only 5 years and he suppose to be out.  But he was given a SECOND TERM.  Now he might want a THIRD TERM!!!!  The guy just wants to keep his plush job. Their reign has been a total nightmare and they are trying to save face by showing they protect the EU from the 'EVIL AMERICANS' I mean seriously.  Every one knew about these tax arrangements DECADES AGO.  Why only now does the EU bring it...
 Sure they could PRESSURE Ireland.  But does Ireland care?  Do you think Ireland wants to lose TENS OF THOUSAND of high quality jobs from Apple/Microsoft/Google ect?  Hell no.  They will give the EU the middle finger and say GFY. Even if the EU 'forces' Ireland to change their tax rules Apple will simply move to South America or an Island that will happily take the hundreds of millions of tax revenue and thousands of jobs.  Both the EU and Ireland lose out. Bottom line is...
This is the TRUE reason why this EU bull sheet is happenning.   The 5 year TERM for the EU commisioner and the member EXPIRE on Oct 31, 2014....   So why did they wait 25 YEARS to go after Apple now?   Because those FAT CATS want to be re-elected and continue to get paid millions in bribes. All the EU commisioners/members are trying to do is JUSTIFY their existance. Yes, we are here to PROTECT the EU from the EVIL...
 EU is toothless.  If they go hard at Ireland than Ireland will take this to the higher courts where EU has no power.  Even if the EU some how wins you will see a MASS EXODUS of Big Corporations leaving the EU.  They would take away HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of jobs from the EU.  Why on earth would a large corp want to be headquarter in the EU that has the right to DEMAND MORE TAXES THAN LEGALLY OBILIGATED? AND THE POWER TO GO BACK 25 YEARS?  No friken way.  Even the IRS does...
 The so called 'deals' that happened FRICKEN 25 years ago!  Yes its so illegal that Apple was given lower tax rates in exchange for providing Ireland THOUSANDS OF JOBS.  So illegal.  IF the EU was so concerned about the economic state they would encourage more companies to headquarter in the EU and provide more JOBS.  But all they care is getting re-elected and to justify their millions of dollars in salary. If anyone should be fined its the EU who let this 'illegal'...
 EU can't do jack sheet. It is the EU's OPINION that Apple is receiving AID.  Lets see if that stands up in court (of course it won't).  An expert on the situation said this could take 5-10 years to be resolved.  But the EU basically has ZERO chance of winning because the arrangement was in place since 1990 (friken 24 years ago!) yet they do nothing till now?  If what Apple/Ireland was truly illegal its the EU that should also be fined for not doing there job and taking...
IDC (barf) is estimating that over 300,000,000 Phablets will be sold in 2015   http://www.phablet-info.com/phablet-shipments-to-top-laptops-tablets-by-2015/   Even if they are off by 50%, 150,000,000 Phablets are a TON.  If Apple did not release the PLUS they would be giving away a huge chunk of high end market to Samdung.
and the remaining 20% own phablets.  I see it every day.  I work in a building full of Investment Bankers, Mortgage pros, Bank consultants, lawyers, research doctors...... and 90% either have an iPhone or a Phablet.  I'd say its about 60% iPhone and 30% Phablet and 10% are just cheap SOB which use $99 phones.
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