“It’s total political crap.”
Specifically, Cook is referring to the European Commission’s statement that Apple has an effective corporate tax rate of 0.005% in Ireland in 2014. “They just picked a number from I don’t know where. In the year that the Commission says we paid that tax figure, we actually paid $400m. We believe that makes us the highest taxpayer in Ireland that year.” Of course, what Cook leaves out is even if his $400 million number is correct and Apple paid more than any other taxpayer, it’s still paying only 50 euros in taxes on every 1 million euros it makes.
Apple is currently appealing the ruling.MG