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Doherty appeals to government to ‘get real’ on Apple tax investigation

22 January, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has urged the Government to get real about its position in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs in Ireland.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty argued that the government’s position that it will appeal any finding against Apple is premature as it has not yet heard the ruling or any of the evidence.

He also said that the approach from the government contrasts sharply with its commitment to pursue people who do not pay their water charges through the courts if necessary.

Deputy Doherty said;

“Sinn Féin has been raising this issue consistently.  This is about ensuring that all companies pay their fair share of tax which of course is set at a very competitive rate here in Ireland.

“The government’s approach to the issue has been ridiculous.  It has decided that any finding against Apple will be appealed.  This is despite the fact that it has not heard any evidence and or a ruling from the commission. 

“The position of the government could also leave us in the ridiculous position where we would refuse to pursue Apple for potentially billions of euro at a time when revenue is relentlessly pursuing small businesses for minor amounts.

“This position from the government contrasts sharply with the position it takes with people who refuse to pay their water charges who will be pursued through the courts for payment.

“I would appeal to the government to backtrack on its position in relation to Apple, to wait and see the outcome of the investigation before jumping to a defensive position.

“The reality is that the money that could come back from Apple if the commission finds against the company could go a long way in Ireland and it is the citizens of this state whose interests this government should be defending.

“The government needs to get real in relation to this issue.”

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