Apple Asked to Pay £136m More in UK Tax

By Gary Cutlack on at

What's been described as an "extensive audit" of Apple's tortuous business arrangements carried out by the HMRC has raised its UK tax bill, with the maker of those telephones everyone's always on about handed a tax demand for an additional £136m as a result of the investigation.

According to sources speaking to the Financial Times, the bill comes via subsidiary Apple Europe, and is based on the weird sales commission structures Apple has constructed in order to book sales revenues through different countries. HMRC is thought to have told Apple that these commissions were too low, hence a re-declaration of higher local revenues and a greater tax bill.

The bill covers several years, so is sort of a rolled-up admission of excess tax avoidance that Apple presumably hopes will get the tax people to leave it alone now. The company said: "As a multinational business and the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple is regularly audited by tax authorities around the world. HMRC recently concluded a multiyear audit of our UK accounts and the settlement we reached with HMRC is reflected in our recently filed accounts." [FT via 9to5 Mac]