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Apple to move international iTunes business from Luxembourg to Ireland

Apple to move international iTunes business from Luxembourg to Ireland

Apple is set to move its interational iTunes business from Luxembourg to Cork, Ireland from February 5th.

The iTunes arm is responsible for iTunes, iBook, Apple Music and the App Store. A note to developers, spotted by Engadget, said the iTunes business will continue to support content stores and services for more than 100 countries at its Hollyhill campus.

The move is not expected to affect developers using these services.

Tax trouble

The move comes despite the European Commission shining the spotlight on Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland and ordering the firm to pay up $14.5 billion in back-taxes.

The Commission deemed that two tax rulings issue by Ireland to the company since 1991 have "substantially and artificially lowered the tax paid by Apple".

This latest move is unlikely to quell those suggestions, given Luxembourg is known itself to be somewhat of a tax haven for companies.

Both Apple and Ireland are appealing the European Commission's decision.


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Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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