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I wish they wouldn't make carefully phrased, weaselly comments like this, it just makes then seem sleazy. Of course they're dodging taxes, using legal means. Of course they are exploiting conditions in Ireland that allow me to pay minimal tax due to the "controlling domicile" rule, even if other companies can also exploit that loophole. And of course they can claim to not fund their domestic profits into tax havens, they do that to their much larger international...
Interesting, thanks. But since secure fields are going to be passwords 9/10 times they'll mostly be covered by TouchID anyway.
No one claimed otherwise, and the post you quoted explicitly said the exact same thing about legality, which is why it was a redundant question.
The case being referred to was not blackmail by the government, it was pressure from a public backlash that threatened sales. If a similar backlash were to raise against Apple then they could tell the buying public to FOAD if they want, but I doubt it'd work out well for them.
That assumes the rather simplistic notion that all taxes are equal, so being taxed once is better than being taxed twice.  Taxes are not equal, I pay far more in income tax than I do in National Insurance (roughly akin to Social Security in the US).  I'd rather pay three lots of National Insurance than one of Income tax.  Likewise with capital gains, the rate on that is much, much lower than on regular employment income. So DOUBLE (caps yours) tax isn't a big deal, since...
Can't believe anyone would think this short-termism is a good idea.  Fix the code to be effective, don't grant "holidays" just to get a one-off spike in revenue.  Terrible state of administration if this is being welcomed.
 Everyone who wants to have an opinion on it?  What sort of question is that?
 Avoid, not evade.  A linguistically subtle, but semantically important difference.
 How is unrealistic?  Companies already report their figures to the countries that they operate in, so what is unrealistic about those figures being combined for all wholly-owned companies in a group?  The numbers exist, adding them together is not only not unrealistic, it's not even particularly hard!  Breaking it down country-by-country might be tricky if you wanted to take that approach for unitary taxation, but that's what auditors are for (I also favour much harsher...
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