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Ireland to collect back taxes from Apple from Q1 2018

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Apple have agreed to start paying €13bn tax bill to Ireland in 2018

Now it appears Apple and Ireland have agreed to cooperate, and pay $15.4 billion to the Irish government, all while however still continuing litigating the case.

Both Ireland and Apple have dragged their feet on complying with the ruling.

Because of Ireland's inaction, the EU referred the country's government to the European Court of Justice, the highest court of the bloc's governing body, to compel it collect the back taxes.

"Across the period in which we are defending the ruling, we will be complying with our obligations in terms of collecting the money from Apple", he said.

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Donohoe, who was in the European Union capital on Monday to meet fellow finance ministers and to update European Union anti-trust commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Apple, said the case was "difficult" because of the "scale of the fund and the uniqueness of this issue". Apple CEO Tim Cook called the it "total political crap", and both Apple and Ireland have appealed it.

Over a year ago, as Ars reported, the EU's competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that a two-year investigation into so-called sweetheart tax deals in 1991 and 2007 had found Apple guilty of receiving illegal state aid from the Emerald Isle. "We have a dedicated team working diligently and expeditiously with Ireland on the process the European Commission has mandated".

Apple's agreement on Monday has set the wheels in motion for the $14.6 billion to actually be delivered, with Irish officials saying they expected the first payments to be processed in early 2018. For example, a similar deal between Amazon and Luxembourg resulted in the tech giant hiring some 1,500 employees there, simultaneously reducing the tax burden on its European operations by approximately 75 percent.

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