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The EU's Apple Ruling Is a Victory for Tax Confusion

Forcing the company to pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes creates more problems than it solves.

Apple's nemesis.

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The European Commission’s decision to impose a tax bill of 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) on Apple is unjust and unnecessary. And the harm is not confined to a single company: The ruling has cast a cloud of uncertainty over Europe’s corporate-tax rules, potentially affecting all multinational investors.   

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