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Comment Re:Counterproductive reasoning (Score 1) 130

FTA: "The United States officially ratified the Paris climate agreement in September. Of the top 10 global emitters of greenhouse gases according to the 2015 Paris conference, only the U.S., China and India have submitted their ratification documents. Among the top global emitters of greenhouse gases, the 28 countries of the European Union — which is counted as one entity for the purposes of the treaty — and Russia have yet to officially agree to the plan."

So they have not officially ratified the treaty yet but have pledged to do so from the start..

The difference is important because that means that the 28 countries of the EU are currently not counted in the 55% rule. So as soon as the EU paperwork is in (and I can't imagine the EU leaders going to the conference on oktober 7th without having officially ratified) the 55% rule will have been reached and the treaty will come into effect.

Comment Re:Morality vs Entitlement (Score 1) 579

As for your apparent displeasure regarding the concentration of global profits, that can't be helped. It's not illegal, it's not improper, and there's nobody who can do a damn thing about it.

Well, that's where you and Apple got it wrong. It is illegal in the EU according the highest EU court. And yes, they can do something about it. And they will.

Comment Re:Morality vs Entitlement (Score 1) 579

Umm, no. You negotiate with different countries, pressurizing them to give you a 'special tax deal' in exchange for some promises on increased turn over and under the threat of relocation. When you found the most gullible government, you concentrate all the profit of sales WORLDWIDE in that country. That's not 'paying your calculated tax burden'.

Comment Re:Ex post facto (Score 1) 302

If this would be stictly about IRL taxes, you would be right.

But the turnover, profits etc of the Apple sales in the whole of EU were subject to this ruling.

So in effect IRL is denying all of the EU their legitimate tax incomes just so that Apple would concentrate all its workforce in IRL An that is unfair, the EU states (and who can blame them??).

Comment Re:so the European Comission admits it? (Score 1) 212

Yep. You're a real one.What a character.

Do you really believe that Apple is going to employ extra personel (no matter how few) just by being offered a tax break?
Look what they have been doing all the time: mimimizing costs everywhere (China?) to maximize profit. Give them a tax break? More profit!

You call looking for the lowest tax regime across the world fair and in the same post you moan about Apple evading US taxes. I though you were happy with that kind of behaviour.

What I meant with the job thing is this: the personel that is currently being employed in IRL is needed (or they wouldn't be there). The IRL tax deal has not created a single extra job. What apple does is saying: well, we could employ these people here in IRL or somewhere else in the EU. If you don't lower your taxes we will move elsewhere. In this way it will negotiate with different countries in the EU. In this way the different coutries are forced into a race to the bottom for taxes of big multinationals. This was possible because every EU country is on his own.

In the US this is much harder for Apple since there is one global taxation and this fiscal power play isn't that easy. So, who can blame the EU for doing the same?

BTW it could very well be that Apple is going to 'repatriate' some of the profits in IRL to the US as result of the EU actions. So your US tax evading problem (or do you applaud it??) is also getting resolved!

As for the Brexiteers: they are no longer our concern.

Comment Re:so the European Comission admits it? (Score 1) 212

Nope. It just shows that the EU Commission is well aware that these kind of tax deals with certain multinationals are made under the threat of moving their jobs elsewhere. Nowhere does it say that these strategies are efficient or even an succesful at creating jobs.

Anyways: this is not about IRL taxes vs. IRL jobs. This is allowing Apple to avoid taxes in the whole of the EU in exchange for some kind of deal on jobs in IRL. And that is, of course, unfair...

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