So let’s consider Apple – which takes pride in saying to critics of parking a quarter-trillion dollars’ worth of profit in a European isle – that it pays the taxes it must and no more.
Last year the European Union ordered Apple to pay up to $14.5 billion to Ireland – where Apple had been putting its money – in what the courts belatedly had decided were illegal tax benefits.
An investigation of the tax plan was started in 2014 – we have now learned thanks to the international consortium of investigative journalists who turned up what we call the Paradise Papers.
That year Apple moved its offshore case to Jersey near Normandy – an island I knew only through The Scarlet Pimpernel.
There are two things to know about Jersey: