An advisor to the European Court of Justice is pushing for a decision allowing Apple to evade paying €13bn (£11bn) in retroactive taxes to be overturned.
The case is the latest in the long-running saga between the EU, the tech giant and the Irish authorities.
The latest chapter is over a decision three years ago.
The verdict annulled a verdict that decided Apple had received unlawful tax advantages from Ireland.
Now, Advocate General Giovanni Pitruzzella at the Court of Justice is pushing for a reassessment of the case.
He says the decision favoring Apple contained “a series of legal errors.”
He added it did not “correctly evaluate the nature and impact of certain methodological mistakes that, as per the Commission’s findings, invalidated the tax decrees.”
“Very clear that Apple did not receive any preferential treatment or state aid”
A representative for Apple maintained that the original decision, which absolved the company from repaying taxes, was “very clear that Apple did not receive any preferential treatment or state aid.”
The spokesperson expressed confidence that this conclusion “should stand.”
The European Commission ruled Apple had benefited from unfair preferential policies by the Irish government, resulting in significantly lower tax rates compared to other firms in 2016.
The Commission labeled this as illicit aid provided to Apple by Ireland.
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The incident became emblematic of the Commission’s campaign against what it perceived to be extensive tax evasion by multinational corporations.
The Irish government says the tech giant should not be obligated to return the back taxes.
It argues the sacrifice was justified to position the nation as a desirable location for major corporations.
Ireland has one of the EU’s most favorable corporate tax rate and serves as Apple’s hub for its operations across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.