So "ethical" they sold 90% of the company to the eco-friendly, tree-hugging, child obesity campaigners, Coca-Cola. They have the luxury of not having to worry too much about corporate tax.A few weeks ago, the co-founder of Innocent (big UK fruit drinks company) was on BBCs Question Time. He said that accountants had told them to relocate there head office to the Netherlands. They just needed to tick boxes like holding a few board meetings there etc. To save taxes. He said they weren't interested as they were a London company and should pay taxes here in the UK. And that meant the correct amount of taxes. Good to see some businesses are ethical.
Apple loves Ireland ... so much that they don't even have an Apple store in the country. Pull the other one Tim!
That lack of a retail presence is the critical part in how they have/continue to be able to avoid tax and benefit from having their European HQ in Ireland. Of course, they still have a few Apple Stores in all but name to get around that pesky inconvenience. Officially "authorised sellers" but compuB have a VERY close relationship with Cork let's just say....just not committed enough to, oh I don't know... open an Apple Store in the country, perhaps...