July 15, 2020 / 9:24 AM / a month ago

EU court scraps EU order to Apple to pay $15 billion in Irish taxes

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed Irish flag in this illustration taken September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Europe’s second-top court on Wednesday rejected an EU order to iPhone maker Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.78 billion) in Irish back taxes.

“The General Court annuls the contested decision because the Commission did not succeed in showing to the requisite legal standard that there was an advantage for the purposes of Article 107(1) TFEU1,” judges said, referring to EU competition rules.

The 2016 ruling and the record sum is part of the European Commission’s crackdown on sweetheart tax deals between multinationals and some EU countries.

Reporting by Foo Yun Chee, editing by Robin Emmott

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