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Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is "maddening" and "political." Will these statements help his case?

Apple chief executive Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is "maddening" and "political." Will these statements help his case?
  • Tim Cook's statements will help.

    Tim Cook is absolutely correct that the EC ruling to pay back an extortionate amount in back taxes is maddening and political. Maddening because it really benefits no one and political as it seems that Apple are paying the price for political decisions they had no part in. His words are correct and will make others think.

  • No, these statements will not help.

    If anything, these statements will only reinforce a contrast between Apple's stated values and the company's actions. (As it stands, the issue of ethics surrounding Apple device manufacturing is well known to many people by now.) The company profits from its nearly worldwide presence and therefore must abide by the "law of the land" in any country in which Apple products are sold. Mr Cook has a poor case here; international commerce is always political.

  • Apple had it coming

    Apple has been manipulating foreign tax laws for almost the entirety of its existence. Tim Cook is angry not because the EC was wrong in its ruling; he's angry because he got caught. He told his tax accountants to save him as much money as they could, and it turned out what they were doing was illegal.

  • These statements will not help his case.

    If Tim Cook is refusing to pay taxes he will be punished. Everyone must pay taxes. What he has said is on;y making excuses for not paying. However, I'm not completely sure about everything since I don't have al the information about this. For all I know there could be something to his statements and they should be looked into as well.

  • No, these statements will not help.

    If anything, these statements will only reinforce a contrast between Apple's stated values and the company's actions. (As it stands, the issue of ethics surrounding Apple device manufacturing is well known to many people by now.) The company profits from its nearly worldwide presence and therefore must abide by the "law of the land" in any country in which Apple products are sold. Mr Cook has a poor case here; international commerce is always political.


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