Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner met Monday with French President Emmanuel Macron.

James Martin/Proinertech

Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner met with Emmanuel Macron on Monday in Paris however reportedly did not quarrel with the French president over a proposal in Europe to extract extra taxes from tech giants.

Macron is spearheading a gaggle of European nations in an effort to vary legal guidelines that enable firms to attenuate their tax burden by funneling income by means of nations corresponding to Eire and the Netherlands. The 2 did not talk about previous disputes, however Cook dinner accepted that legal guidelines are altering to carry firms accountable for taxes the place income are literally earned, Macron’s workplace advised Bloomberg.

Tax offers in Europe have come beneath scrutiny by the EU over the previous couple of years. The EU believes Eire hasn’t been accumulating sufficient taxes and as an alternative has been giving firms like Apple too huge of a break on Eire’s already low 12.5 p.c tax charge.

Final yr, the EU ordered Apple to pay a whopping 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in again taxes. Apple has contended that the fee is making an attempt to vary the foundations after the actual fact.

The assembly comes lower than every week after European regulators slapped Amazon with a invoice for 250 million euros (about $294 million) in unpaid taxes. The European Fee decided that Amazon had had an unlawful cope with Luxembourg since 2003 that allowed the corporate to maneuver cash between its subsidiaries so income had been taxed there as an alternative of a rustic with the next company charge. 

The assembly, held on the French presidential palace at Cook dinner’s request, additionally centered on local weather change, schooling and French financial reforms, Bloomberg reported. 

Apple did not instantly reply to a request for remark.

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