Apple Japan Ordered to Pay $188 Million after Underreporting Income: Reuters

Apple has been ordered to pay roughly $118 million (12 billion yen) in Japan, after the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau found that the iPhone maker had underreported income, reports Reuters.

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The amount has already been paid by Apple, but this might prompt finance ministers worldwide to open up the iPhone maker’s tax reports and analyze them again with a “magnifying glass”.

The Japanese authorities found that Apple’s local unit, which sends some of its profit from fees paid by Japan subscribers to another Apple unit in Ireland to pay for software licensing, had not been paying a withholding tax on those earnings in Japan, according to NHK, as cited by Reuters.

You may recall that Apple has been in hot water in Europe since the antitrust commission found that the company had received illegal tax aid between 2003 and 2014, and only paid a fraction of the tax owed. As a result, the EU Competition Commission instructed Apple to pay CAD£18.9 billion in back taxes to Ireland.

Since then, several European finance ministers have lined up to take a bite out of Apple’s tax money.

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  • Ashley Mann

    Wow! Tim Cook is a liar and a thief. Hmmm. Who knew.

    Way to make Steve proud Tim.

  • Nigleet

    Wow! Seems like you really don’t know a thing. Hmmm. Who knew.

    Apple has used the ASI (Apple Sales International) based out of Ireland since the 1990s while Steve was still at the helm. They offered fluctuating rates of 2% or less in corporate taxes. Who wouldn’t take advantage of that? Let’s not point fingers like a belligerent finger pointer.

    Ayy lmao

  • m Arch Tom’s on Bar N Ass

    QUOTE:
    The Japanese authorities found that Apple’s local unit, which sends some of its profit from fees paid by Japan subscribers to another Apple unit in Ireland to pay for software licensing, had not been paying a withholding tax on those earnings in Japan, according to NHK, as cited by Reuters.

    COMMENT: The Japanese authorities found that Apple’s local unit, ( maybe subsidiary ??? ) which sends some of its profit from fees paid by Japan subscribers to another Apple unit in Ireland ( DEFINITELY A SUBSIDIARY , there are no such UNIT’s in the suburbs of EU ) to pay for software licensing, had not been paying a withholding tax on those earnings in Japan, according to NHK, as cited by Reuters.

    DO NOT COMMENT THE REST, already have done so when EU anti-trust commission made their statements.