What you need to know
- Apple moved a record £720 million from the UK to its Irish holding company in 2020.
- This after it paid £97 million in tax to the UK.
That’s compared with £125 million in 2019.
Apple moved £720 million ($999 million) out of its UK businesses and into their Irish holding company across two payments made throughout 2020, according to a new report based on published accounts. That’s a huge increase on the £125 million it moved in 2019.
According to a Telegraph report, Apple paid two dividends from its three UK businesses to its Irish company, one of £600 million and another of £120 million. Apple’s UK tax bill also rose from £90 million in 2019 to £97 million in 2020.
Apple has three businesses in the UK; Apple Retail UK, Apple UK, and Apple Europe.
The payments represent a significant jump on its 2019 distributions that totalled £125m. Apple Europe, which provides services across the EU, gave no dividends to its parent company in 2019 but paid £495.9m last year.
The dividends were paid into Apple’s Irish holding company, which operates under its main California business. It is understood that the dividends are paid after incurring UK tax.
This comes amid calls for a new global tax framework that will see international companies be charged the same amount of tax no matter where they are. Apple has long made a habit of moving money from European sales through Ireland due to its relatively low tax rate — something the country has been happy for it to do. A minimum global tax rate of 15% could see things shaken up, however.
Apple is set to take on new offices in Ireland and they don’t look too shabby, either.
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