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Back in Could, it was reported that the European commission was exploring alleged anti-competitive practices Apple may have participated in to push the iPhone.
At the time, a collection of questionnaires were sent out to retailers asking whether Apple persuaded them to take part in such behavior, and consisted of questions about investment contracts.
Now, a little over a month later, French anti-trust team Autorite de la Concurrence is digging deeper into Apple’s possibly unsafe practices.
According to French paper Les Echos (via 9to5Mac), authorities searched many Apple offices, wholesalers, and merchants in an effort to uncover the reality behind possible anti-trust violations.
The entire problem was raised when EBizcuss, an Apple retailer in France, went broke in 2012, prompting the company to submit a fit against Apple with claims of ‘abuse of financial dependence’ and ‘unreasonable competitors.’
EBizcuss’ issue with the Cupertino business came from a viewed favoritism for its own proprietary Apple stores, which left secondary stores presumably lacking products or scrambling to provide challenging rates.
Whether the French authorities will discover any conclusive evidence that Apple’s own shops were the first to obtain products stays to be seen, but the allegations are plainly being taken very seriously.
As if Apple was not drawing enough undesirable attention over the anti-trust concern, the iPhone maker is also now drawing the ire of the U.K.’s tax collectors, as it in some way handled to prevent paying any taxes in 2012 whatsoever.
Despite earning ₤ 68 million ($103.6 m, AU$ 112.1 m) throughout the last financial year, the Financial Times (through CNET) reported Apple paid a marvelous total amount of no in taxes in the U.K.
Just for some contrast, Apple paid ₤ 11.4 million ($17.3 m, AU$ 18.8 m) in taxes for the 2011 fiscal year.
In order to prevent dropping a lot money on tax, Apple supposedly granted millions in stock awards to its staff members, all which was 100 percent tax deductible.
Apple is currently under scrutiny for its practice of funneling 80 percent of its international earnings into an Ireland-based subsidiary, where the tax rate is a simple.05 percent.
While not illegal, the lengths to which significant companies like Apple will go to save a few million a year make certain to make the typical tax payer cringe.
That said, it likely will not make any favors should even more of these anti-competitive grievances come to light, or if the accusations are found to be true.