For those who came in late, the EU has declared the Irish deal hatched out between Apple and the government was illegal and Jobs' Mob is required to pay shedloads of tax it should have paid. Apple has denied that it has done anything illegal, but then again it didn't think there was anything wrong with forming an illegal cartel with book publishers to make its customers pay more for books.
The Irish government also does not want Apple's money because it fears that Jobs' Mob will take its jobs somewhere else so it asked its tax man if the 13 billion euro figure demanded by the EU was wrong.
However, Revenue Commissioners’ chairman Niall Cody told a parliamentary committee when asked if the bill his office is obliged to calculate will be in line with the record EU estimate, which Dublin and Apple are appealing.
He told them that it was was about right.
“Over 95 percent of the calculations are completed and we have agreed with the Commission that all our calculations will be with them before the end of April.”
To put this money into perspective, if Apple is forced to pay the Irish government will have enough cash to do the following:
Pay for all Irish Water bills for 30 years
End homelessness in Ireland AND half of the US
Build a tunnel connecting Ireland and Wales
Buy thirteen million Mars bars
Pay off a big chunk of Ireland's € 207,975,195,929 national debt. The last thing is more important because a few years ago there were fears that Ireland would follow Greece with its debt problems.