As much as we know that much of what we hear here and there as a rumor turns out to be true, there are only a few times when Apple takes the trouble to respond or comment on something about it or its products. However, there are serious issues that can harm the company as a whole, so Ma needs to intervene.
This is what happened yesterday (6/11), after articles from major publications, such as New York Times, a BBC it's the The Guardian, used records acquired by the International Investigative Journalists Consortium (or International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) to suggest that Apple would be making use of a tax haven on the small European island of Jersey and transferred its investments from Ireland to there, after more restrictive measures were taken in the country from 2013.
Without wasting time, Apple took the plunge and fired an official statement showing a series of "inaccuracies" in the information aired, giving its version of what happened and claiming that "no operation or investment was withdrawn from Ireland".
The Apple tax debate is not about how much we owe, but where we owe it. As the largest taxpayer in the world, we have paid an additional $ 35 billion in corporate income taxes over the past three years, plus billions of dollars in property taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes and VAT. We believe that all companies have a responsibility to pay the taxes they owe and we are proud of the economic contributions we make to the countries and communities where we do business.
Under the current international tax system, profits are taxed based on where the value is created. The taxes that Apple pays to countries around the world are based on this principle. The vast majority of the value in our products is undoubtedly created in the United States where we do our design, development, engineering and more, so most of our taxes are due to the USA.
When Ireland changed its tax laws in 2015, we complied with changing the residence of our Irish subsidiaries and informed Ireland, the European Commission and the United States. The changes we have made have not reduced our tax payments in any country. In fact, our payments to Ireland have increased significantly, and in the past three years, we have paid $ 1.5 billion in taxes 7% of all corporate income taxes paid in that country. Our changes have also ensured that our fiscal obligation to the United States is not reduced.
We understand that some would like to change the tax system so that multinationals' taxes spread differently in all countries where they operate, and we know that sensible people may have different opinions about how this should work in the future. At Apple, we follow the laws and, if the system changes, we will comply. We strongly support the efforts of the global community for comprehensive international tax reform and a much simpler system, and we will continue to advocate for that.
Apple also detailed what was said, point by point, regarding its position as the largest taxpayer in the world and the fact that it has money abroad for having most of its products sold there, also reminding that the international tax reform ? essential ?and that continues to advocate a simplification of the tax code.
All of this and more can be read on this page.
Update 11/08/2017 s 10:35
After all this history caused by the media, the European authorities are now pressing Apple to share more details about its tax plans just to verify that it ?complies with European laws?, as reported by Washington Post.
The request was made by Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner of the European Union, who made it clear that the information released by the media was the reason for the request.
For the time being Apple has not commented, but as it already shared some details yesterday, it should not be long before it answers the new call of the authorities.