The battle between the tech giant Apple and the European Commission is only just getting started.
In August, competition authorities in Europe accused the U.S. multinational of accepting illegal state aid with its tax arrangements in Ireland – where its European headquarters are located. The U.S. multinational is said to be launching this week a legal challenge against that decision.
The European Commission ruled in August that Apple should pay back 13 billion euros ($13.6 billion) – a decision contested by the Irish government, who argued that the EU was interfering with its sovereignty. Apple has previously argued that the commission's decision is "maddening" and "political" and was confident that the bill would be overturned.
The U.S. firm said in a statement on Monday that it was "the largest taxpayer in the world, in the U.S. and in Ireland."
"It's been clear since the start of this case there was a pre-determined outcome. The Commission took unilateral action and retroactively changed the rules, disregarding decades of Irish tax law, US tax law, as well as global consensus on tax policy, that everyone has relied on," Apple said.