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Apple Attacks EU in Court Fight Over $14 Billion Tax Bill (1)

Sept. 17, 2019, 9:40 AMUpdated: Sept. 17, 2019, 1:20 PM

Apple Inc. told a European Union court it was unfairly painted as a tax dodger as it sought to topple a massive EU back-tax bill that’s the hallmark of antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager’s five-year crackdown on U.S. tech giants.

The EU alleged that “Apple paid essentially no tax on earnings in Europe” and “sought headlines by quoting tiny numbers, but this public campaign ignores the taxes Apple pays all across the world,” Apple attorney Daniel Beard said at a hearing at the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday.

The iPhone maker said it’s the world’s biggest taxpayer, urging EU ...