The big PC Company, who is known to dictate trading terms,
threaten retailers and refuses to hold press conferences in Australia still
wants to use Australian Government funded infrastructure to run their business
but contributes very little in the form of taxes.
Late last year the Company who recently saw their shares
crash was forced to pay an extra $11.6m in back taxes.
Last year Apple Australia CEO Tony King denied to a Senate
inquiry into corporate tax avoidance that the company does not pay its fair
share of tax.
In a statement to Fairfax Media an Apple spokesman said:
"Apple Australia pays all taxes it owes in accordance with Australian
The Company that is known to use extensive tax avoidance
schemes via Apple owned Companies in Ireland and Singapore has refused to
comment on the current Australian Tax Office Investigation.
"The Australian Taxation Office is currently auditing
the company's tax position for 2012," it said. "As at the date of
this report, the outcome of the tax audit cannot be predicted with certainty
and reliably estimated, no adjustments have been recognised in the financial
Treasurer Scott Morrison told Fairfax Media the government
was committed to "shutting down tax avoidance strategies used by
multinationals, such as large IT companies, who have exploited gaps and
mismatches in the international tax system".
In a bid to stop multinational tax avoidance, the federal
government last year passed legislation that boosts the ATO's anti-avoidance
powers. Labor had voted against it because the Coalition at the same time
watered down adjoining tax transparency laws when it put forward the
"It is now harder than ever for companies to shift
profit offshore by mispricing their dealings with foreign related
entities," Mr Morrison said.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon?, who was involved in
questioning Apple executives during the Senate inquiry, said: "Australians
on the average wage could only dream of paying the level of tax Apple is
"I find it hard to believe that this is all they have
to pay; I hope that the ATO has a thorough and forensic look at what Apple are
doing," he said.