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EU Calls $15.7 Billion Apple Tax Ruling ‘Contradictory’

  • Regulators are challenging court view of Apple’s Irish units
  • Vestager has warned case has larger consequences for tax fight
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The European Union is seeking to overturn Apple Inc.’s victory in a 13 billion-euro ($15.7 billion) tax dispute, saying judges used “contradictory reasoning” when they found that the company’s Irish units weren’t liable for huge payments.

A summary of the appeal published Monday shows the EU’s determination to challenge the critical July court judgment. The decision was a dramatic setback to Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s probes of national tax rulings that she says were an illegal subsidy for some large multinational firms.