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Why Apple’s $14.5 Billion Tax Fine Is Worse for Shareholders Than it Looks

By on August 31, 2016 in Commercial, International, Tax

Apple’s $14.5 billion EU tax fine may take a bigger bite out of the iPhone maker than shareholders are acknowledging, reports Fortune.

A European tax commission said Apple more than $14.5 billion in back taxes and interest that it had avoided paying European governments for years because of a sweetheart deal with Ireland. They said Apple was paying a tax rate of 0.5 percent, when it should have been paying 12.5% under Ireland’s tax rules.

Reporter  explains that “the company made $39 billion in its fiscal 2014, which ended in September and the last year covered by the tax deal. That represents about 20% of the profits it made during the 11-year period covered by the $14.5 billion tax fine. So if Apple had paid its full taxes, it would have owed nearly $3 billion in extra taxes.”

If Apple has to pay those taxes in the future, the company’s earnings could drop to $41 billion. That would translate into a market cap of $482 million, or roughly $88 billion less than where the stock trades today, Gandel writes.

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