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applesauce007 said:big brother 84 said:I listened to Tim Cook trying to defend Apple's pitifully low tax rate on the BBC news this morning and it just sounded bad. Very bad PR. Attacking the EU is very unwise. All the people whose businesses pay tax at 20% are looking at this and saying why should Apple pay tax at less than 1%.
As a life-long Apple evangelist, even I find this Apple hard to swallow.
Ireland set its tax laws and Apple abided by them and greatly benefitted the country in the process.
The most Ireland can do now is change their law but asking for back taxes is pure bullshit
Fuck the companies that choose to pay 20% when 12% and lower is available them in Ireland.
If these companies are too stupid or too lazy to take advantage of it then I say fuck them. This is a competitive global economy and the EU is clearly not ready for it.
The US government and American companies should target the EU back, hit them hard enough to get them dissolved. To hell with any consequences to be fixed later.
The EU is an ill conceived organization managed by idiots that should not exist. The world would be better without them.BTW: the EU has been at peace for over 70 years, thanks to the EC/EU. That's a record.By all means, this fact alone has made the world a far better place.
freerange said:austriacus said:ChampionPower said:ALL:
Perhaps this is yet another good reason (that of national sovereignty) to leave the EU! If this realstionship and deal is good enough for Ireland the Apple then that should be the end of the matter. The EU does not provide Ireland with 6,000 jobs like Apple does, so if I were Ireland I'd simply refuse to abide by their decision! What the hell can they do? Expel Ireland from the EU? That would be a blessing and a death warrant to the lazy bureaucrats in the EU in Brussels.
how about Boeing and the subsidies/funding they get?
Soli said:AdBrit said:In the end, all this is Apple trying to avoid paying taxes, something all of us do compliantly without begging for exception. Apple and other Corporations are simply moochers of a countries wealth whether that be the consumer's dollars or the consumer's labour. They are transient welfare bums.
Not 1%, not 0.005%
phone-ui-guy said:How long before Ireland is going to be out of the EU due to Brexit? If they get out of the EU before this is settled, Ireland will just drop it.
Like so many americans, you don't know what you're talking about