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My impression is that Apples behaviour here is driven by two things:

* The Apple that did these deals originally was not the all conquering company of 2016, but the very vulnerable
 niche computer maker that had just been propped up by its greatest rival to help Microsoft fend off monopoly action. They needed to optimise to survive.

* Current Apple is constrained by fiduciary duty and shareholder lawsuits. I don't think paying taxes bothers them especially - they literally have more money than they know what to do with - but if they start paying more taxes than they have to they'll be sued to hell by shareholders, as a company and as individuals.

So if the tax loopholes are closed, they'll just pay the taxes. I thin the suggestion that they've been doing something other than complying with what they understood as the law offends Cook personally. I don't think paying taxes does.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Sep 2nd, 2016 at 07:26:37 AM EST
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