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Recent changes in the corporate tax law in Ireland have abolished the "double Irish and Dutch sandwich" tax dodge and the ability to set up non-resident companies in Ireland which can effectively pay tax nowhere. Corporate tax revenues have increased by €2 Billion in the past year (from about 5 to €7 Billion) but what is at issue here is that Apple's profits on overseas sales weren't even subject to the low headline 12.5% rate applied to profits on sales in Ireland.
So, how much tax has Apple been paying since the loophole was closed?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Sep 7th, 2016 at 10:52:06 AM EST
The suggestion is that a good chuck of that 2B is Apple.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Sep 7th, 2016 at 12:29:00 PM EST
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