Margrethe Vestager appeals court ruling over Apple back tax case

EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager on Friday appealed against the court ruling rejecting her order to iPhone maker Apple to pay €13 billion in Irish back taxes, a landmark case in the European Commission’s crackdown against sweetheart tax deals, Reuters reports.

The Luxembourg-based General Court in July scrapped the Commission’s 2016 ruling, saying that EU competition enforcers had not met the requisite legal standard to show that Apple had enjoyed an unfair advantage.

“The Commission was wrong to declare” that Apple “had been granted a selective economic advantage and, by extension, state aid,” the Luxembourg-based court said previously.

“The General Court judgment raises important legal issues that are of relevance to the Commission in its application of State aid rules to tax planning cases,” Vestager said in a statement.

“The Commission also respectfully considers that in its judgment the General Court has made a number of errors of law,” she said.

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