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Team Trump to help Apple escape its ginormous European Union tax bill

The tech company took their complaint to Europe’s second highest court after the European commission accused the company of winning sweetheart tax deals that amounted to illegal subsidies.The decision was criticised by the Obama administration which said the European Union was helping itself to cash that should have ended up in the United States.Apple is reportedly getting the support of the U.S. government in the company’s planned appeal in the General Court.Apart from Apple, some United States companies dealing with the same debacle include Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Google, Amazon, Starbucks, and McDonald’s.The EC blamed a structure which routed revenues through two “paper” headquarters in Ireland, as well as minimal tax rates in that country. The Reuters report cited a single, unnamed source.The General Court is expected to hear the case in late 2018, another source with knowledge of the matter said.The Trump administration has not issued a statement regarding the move.Interestingly, Ireland is teaming with Apple to appeal the ruling. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly getting a helping hand from the U.S. government in its tax dispute with the European Union.Last August, the European Commission (EC) had ordered the Irish government to recover up to €13 billion (£11.5bn) plus interest from Apple. A representative from the U.S. Treasury Department recently expressed disappointment in the ruling and said “retroactive tax assessments by the Commission are unfair, contrary to well-established legal principles, and call into question the tax rules of individual Member States”, according to the newspaper.