Apple finally giving Caesar he's due to the tune of $15 billion

Irish government reaches deal with Apple to collect €13 billion in unpaid taxes

But Apple executives later told Reuters that it plans to appeal the ruling at Europe's second-highest court, saying the company had been targeted because of its success.

Ireland expects the U.S. iPhone maker to start paying billions in back taxes, after the European Union said in 2016 the money was the result of Apple receiving unfair tax incentives and launching a lawsuit against Ireland. Furthermore, the Commission ordered Ireland to collect back taxes for the years from 2003 to that of 2014, amounting to as much has a whooping amount of 13 billion euros plus interest of the long number of years.

What did Apple do exactly to warrant a payment as big as €13 billion?

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After a year passed without Ireland moving to recover the money, the EU referred the country to the bloc's highest court, the European Court of Justice.

Over a year ago, as Ars reported, the EU's competition chief Margrethe Vestager said that a two-year investigation into so-called sweetheart tax deals in 1991 and 2007 had found Apple guilty of receiving illegal state aid from the Emerald Isle.

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Earlier this month, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said that he did not "want to be in a situation where the Irish Government has to take Apple to court because the European Commission is taking the Irish Government to court".

"We have a dedicated team working diligently and expeditiously with Ireland on the process the European Commission has mandated", the iPhone vendor said in a statement to the Journal.

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