Apple LogoAn Italian judge has accepted a nearly $50,000 settlement agreement with the head of Apple's Irish-based unit as part of a probe into allegations that the company failed to pay taxes in Italy (via Reuters).

A six-month jail sentence for the Apple executive has been converted into the payment of a 45,000 euro ($49,126) fine as part of the settlement agreement, according to Reuters' source.

The original investigations were completed in March 2015 and accused Apple of booking profits generated in Italy through an Irish subsidiary in an effort to lower its taxable income base and save nearly €900 million from 2008 through 2013.

At the time, Apple had called the allegations against its employees "completely without merit". But in December 2015, it was reported Apple had agreed to pay 318 million euros to Italy – only a third of the amount it was said to have failed to pay in corporate taxes over the five year period. However, under Italian law, a settlement agreement does not imply an admission of guilt.

Milan prosecutors investigating the allegations have also asked for the case against two managers from the Italian subsidiary of Apple to be dropped, the source said.

Apple Italia is part of the company's European operation headquartered in Ireland, where Apple pays a significantly lower corporate tax rate compared to other EU countries. Ireland has a corporate tax rate of 12.5% for normal business activities, compared to a standard rate of 27.5% in Italy.

Apple's tax policies in Europe have come under intense scrutiny over the past three years, as the company is said to utilize multiple subsidiary companies located in the Irish city of Cork to move money around without significant tax penalties.

In August, the European Commission ruled that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland, following a three-year inquiry into the company's tax arrangements in the country. The investigation's results showed that Apple allegedly paid between 0.005% and 1% in taxes in Ireland between 2003 and 2014, compared to the the country's headline 12.5% corporate tax rate.

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the findings "total political crap" and described the lower end 0.005% tax rate as a "false number." In an open letter, Cook said Apple is confident the decision "will be reversed," but the appeal process could take several years in European courts. Apple has previously said it fully complies with international tax law and is the largest taxpayer in the world.

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Carlanga Avatar
98 months ago
That Italian judge will be enjoying under the table money for a while from this.
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This is a PRSI thread, right? Governments issue arbitrary fines on a weak basis all the time. FEDGOV essentially forced BofA to take over Countrywide bank and a couple years later fined BofA about $14B for actions of Countrywide during the 2008 financial crisis that the FEDGOV itself (The Fed) caused by changing loan qualification requirements for political purposes. When can we fine them?
Congratulations, you were first today to make a European news into a US government complain.
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thermodynamic Avatar
98 months ago
That’s total political crap right Tim, now let’s see how many other dogy deals have been made. We’ll start with Ireland please.
I'm sure Bono has some tips he'd share, he's also into using human rights to wind up peoples' sympathies with. (Or if he's not a hypocrite, he's never really said enough detail about where the system is wrong.....)
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MH01 Avatar
98 months ago
Apple execs could actually be sent to prison and people would be in denial. Maybe it is a river that runs through the amazon ;)

This sadly will drag on just like the Samsung v apple legal battles .
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Rocketman Avatar
98 months ago
This is a PRSI thread, right? Governments issue arbitrary fines on a weak basis all the time. FEDGOV essentially forced BofA to take over Countrywide bank and a couple years later fined BofA about $14B for actions of Countrywide during the 2008 financial crisis that the FEDGOV itself (The Fed) caused by changing loan qualification requirements for political purposes. When can we fine them?
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RightMACatU Avatar
98 months ago
Was he Sicilian? :p
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H2SO4 Avatar
98 months ago
That’s total political crap right Tim, now let’s see how many other dogy deals have been made. We’ll start with Ireland please.
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