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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Apple set to pay Dh56bn to Ireland

Record sum the result of Apple receiving unfair tax incentives from the euro-zone country, says the European Commission

The Apple campus in Cork, southern Ireland. The Irish government will start collecting back taxes owed by the tech giant. Paul Faith/AFP
The Apple campus in Cork, southern Ireland. The Irish government will start collecting back taxes owed by the tech giant. Paul Faith/AFP

Ireland expects iPhone maker Apple to start paying up to €13 billion (Dh56.67bn) in back taxes into an escrow account in the first quarter of 2018, the finance minister said.

The European Commission said the record sum was the result of Apple receiving unfair tax incentives from Ireland.

More than a year after the EU order, Dublin’s slow pace in recovering the money has landed it in court. Ireland is now seeking an investment manager and a custodian to operate the account and expects to appoint both next month.

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“We have now reached agreement with Apple in relation to the principles and operation of the escrow fund,” said the finance minister Paschal Donohoe before a meeting with the European Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

“We expect the money will begin to be transmitted into the account from Apple across the first quarter of next year.”

Both Dublin and Apple have challenged the EU order.