Apple, Irlanda e impuestos: desmenuzando la carta de Tim Cook
A representative number of congressional parties have asked the Spanish government to claim the apple company for unpaid taxes in the country since 2003. According to a report published by Yahoo Finance, Congress has also asked to investigate other multinationals that may have implemented similar methods to evade taxes in Spain.
According to the media, the Committee on Finance and Public Administration discussed a proposal between the Joint Group (Compromís) and the PSOE and Citizens that asks the Government to report to Congress on Apple’s actions to be implemented within a maximum period of two months . The initiative was passed with 21 votes in favour, 14 against and one abstention.
Thus, the Commission approved the creation of a sub-commission to evaluate, within the next six months, the measures that can be taken to implement the domestic legislation to combat tax evasion and avoidance by multinationals . Moreover, according to the deputy of Compromís Ignasi Candela, “it would not be understood that the Government asks for a fiscal effort from thousands of citizens and that the same would not be done with companies that can do fiscal engineering in order not to pay taxes “ .
Yahoo Finance also indicated that this recent initiative on Apple’s case also includes establishing effective and dissuasive sanctions against company executives involved in tax evasion. Thus, for example, the possibility of revoking the professional licenses of workers and companies that have designed aggressive tax planning or tax evasion systems is being considered.
This is not the first time that the parties have expressed their opinion on the subject of the taxes that Apple must pay in Spain. In September 2016, the news agency Europa Press indicated that the PSOE asked the Commission of Finance and Public Administration to calculate the money that Cupertino’s company would have stopped paying in taxes due to its activity in Spain since 2003, as well as requesting the initiation of procedures to recover them .
This initiative was born after the European Commission fined Cupertino 13,000 million euros plus interest, after it was found that thanks to an agreement with the Irish government, Apple paid 1% of its profits since 2003 , reducing this rate to 0.005% in 2014.