Apple’s European headquarters in Cork
Ireland is being sued by the European Union authorities for failing to collect a year-old bill of as much as 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) from Apple Inc. in a move that risks escalating tensions over the nation’s tax policies.
The European Commission on Wednesday referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recoup the Apple bill…
…The dispute is part of a two-year-old crackdown by regulators on questionable tax deals — often involving American tech companies — throughout the EU. On Wednesday, Vestager also ordered Amazon.com Inc. to pay 250 million euros ($294 million) plus interest in back taxes to Luxembourg.
In the Irish case, until the money is recovered, Apple continues to get an illegal advantage, Vestager said.
Previously: The €13billion Apple Tax Bill