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Eurozone Finance Chief Attacks Apple Over Irish Tax Ruling

Eurozone Finance Chief Attacks Apple Over Irish Tax Ruling

Apple’s aggressive response to a 13 billion euro (A$19 billion) tax ruling by the European Commission shows the US technology company has no sense of its moral obligation to pay tax, according to the leader of the eurozone’s finance ministers.

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup of finance ministers, said Apple had “failed to grasp” the public outcry over tax avoidance by large companies.

The comments are adding fuel to the fire of an all out trans-Atlantic dispute about the ruling, which has pitched the White House against the European Commission and seen the heavily indebted Irish government resist a 13 billion euro tax windfall.

“The Apple response shows that they don’t grasp what’s going on in society and they do not grasp what’s going on in the public debate,” Dijsselbloem said. “This is a very strong moral issue and large companies, even if they’re this large, can’t say ‘this is not about us, there’s no problem here.”

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