Wanted: A Government to Claim Apple's Taxes

August 30, 2016 2:54 PM

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By ordering Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes to Ireland, the European Union has created a somewhat farcical situation. Ireland doesn't want the money, which amounts to more than four months' tax revenue for the small nation, and the U.S., where the iPhone maker is headquartered, is on the tax-avoidant company's side.

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager deserves praise, even if her move is underappreciated by its beneficiaries -- and even if she made it for the wrong reasons, trying to establish EU control in an area where it should have none: taxation.

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