White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Obama administration is concerned about an EU order for Apple to pay billions in unpaid taxes to Ireland. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House said on Tuesday it was concerned about a European Commission order for Apple Inc to pay billions in unpaid taxes to Ireland because it seemed to undermine joint U.S.-EU progress on creating a more fair international tax system. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was possible the EU order for Apple to pay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes could be unfair to U.S. taxpayers because Apple might be able to claim it in the United States as a tax deduction. "We are concerned about a unilateral approach ... that threaten to undermine progress that we have made collaboratively with the Europeans to make the international taxation system fair," Earnest told a briefing.