I’ve been in Luxembourg for most of this week, covering the famed 13 billion euro Apple and Irish tax case. TL;DR: The European Union said Ireland wasn’t taxing Apple properly and ordered Apple to pay 13 billion euros in back taxes. Ireland said “Nah, we’re cool.” Possibly because something like 80% of Irish corporate tax is paid by foreign companies who are headquartered there. They are headquartered there possibly because Ireland has an advantageous tax scheme for big, multinationals. Ireland and Apple appealed, so I had to go sit in a windowless room in Luxembourg for two days and listen to them duke it out against the European Commission.
Here’s links to my articles: Apple and Ireland Fight Against EU War on Corporate Tax Deals and Apple, Ireland Wrap Arguments Over $14B EU Tax Bill