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European court decides on July 15 whether Apple will pay a record € 13 billion fine

The General Court of the European Union will decide next July 15 whether Apple's defense against a € 13 billion fine imposed by the European Commission in 2016 is valid, the Irish Government said.

In statements to the international press, Leo Varadkar, Irish deputy prime minister, stated that there is a great possibility that one of the parties involved will appeal the decision taken and could take the case to the European Court of Justice.

In September 2019, Apple was heard by current European Commission Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestage about the € 13 billion fine for back taxes. It is recalled that the apple company was fined in 2016 for negotiating fees with Ireland, allowing it to pay less than other companies in the sector.

The case started in 2014, when Margrethe Vestager said that the tax benefits Apple gave to the Irish government were in clear violation of European Union laws. The Commission said that this special relationship allowed the smartphone manufacturer to pay only 0.005% of taxes on profits in 2014.

According to the European investigation, two tax regulations issued by Dublin offered Apple special conditions that allowed it to enjoy a substantially lower tax rate under European law.

According to the European Commission, Apple would have to refund the Irish Government the taxes it failed to pay between 2003 and 2014, risking a greater health. Apple initially refused to pay the amount, appealing that the European Commission's arguments were based on "fundamental errors". However, at the end of 2017, the company started to pay Ireland's debt, having deposited a deposit of 1.5 billion euros, after having agreed a payment plan with the European Union.