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Apple does not need to pay €13bn Irish tax bill, court rules

European commission failed to prove Apple had benefited from arrangement, according to ruling

The European commission has been dealt a major blow in its battle to stop EU member states granting sweetheart tax deals to multinational corporations after the bloc’s general court ruled that Apple does not need to pay €13bn (£11.7bn) in back taxes to the Irish government.

The Luxembourg-based court found the EU’s executive body had failed to prove that the iPhone maker benefited from an illegal arrangement with the Irish authorities, in a decision with wide repercussions for the bloc’s plans to stamp down on tax avoidance.

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