Tim Cook visited Ireland today to collect an award from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for Apple’s 40 years of investment in the country. Apple’s CEO also met with Irish musician Hozier and Dublin-based game studio WarDucks.
In 2016, the European Commission found that Apple received illegal state aid from Ireland and forced the company to repay 13 billion euros in back taxes. Apple and Ireland are both appealing the ruling. Apple has previously expressed confidence that the ruling “will be overturned” by European courts.
In that regard, Cook today called for global corporate tax reform, telling Reuters that Apple “desperately” wants the system to be fair. “It’s very complex to know how to tax a multinational,” he added.
“I think logically everybody knows it needs to be rehauled, I would certainly be the last person to say that the current system or the past system was the perfect system. I’m hopeful and optimistic that they will find something,” said Cook, referring to the intergovernmental economic organization OECD.
What an amazing welcome back to Ireland! Thank you @Hozier for sharing your music with me, and for the chance to look around the studio. Feel free to reach out if you ever need some backup vocals. 🎶 pic.twitter.com/Opfka0j2UK
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 19, 2020
.@War_Ducks set out to create a game with fun, engaging and colorful characters, and they nailed it. Awesome to see how @NikkiLannen and her talented team in Dublin are embracing AR to take their games to the next level! pic.twitter.com/bjL15fWlPY
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 20, 2020
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