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Revenue evidence raises new questions on Apple tax – Cullinane

13 October, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure David Cullinane has said that the Revenue Chairman’s evidence to the Public Accounts Committee today raises more questions than answers when it comes to Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The statement from Revenue Chairman Niall Cody that Apple gave wrong information to a US Senate hearing is shocking.

“Apple told the US Senate that the company had a tax deal with the Irish government, but Revenue today said that this was wrong, that no deal was in place.

“If this is correct, it raises serious questions for Apple, and if it is not correct, it raises serious questions for Revenue.

“This issue came to the fore in May 2013 when the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on investigations conducted a hearing into the offshore strategies of Apple.

“The details of this favourable treatment were disclosed by Apples Head of Tax Operations, Mr Philip Bullock who told the Subcommittee the agreement with Ireland restricted their corporate tax rate to a maximum of approximately 2%.

“Niall Cody’s emphatic denial that any such arrangement was in place had put Revenue in  a head-to-head not only with Apple but with the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee.

“This is on top of Revenue’s equally emphatic rejection of the recent EU ruling that Ireland’s sweetheart deal constituted state aid.

“So we have Revenue saying no deal was done, and Apple, the US Senate and the EU Commission on the other saying a deal was done.

“What we know for certain is that the Revenue Chairman’s evidence to the Public Accounts Committee today raises more questions than answers.

“This issue will continue to run and run.” 

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