In an audit of supply chain partners, Apple found increased labor violations in 2017

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Each year, Apple releases a report called the Supplier Responsibility Progress Report detailing its audits of the labor practices of its suppliers around the world. Apple reports violations it finds at various categories of severity and gives its suppliers ratings based on how they treat their workers.

The 12th annual report was released this week, and in it, Apple says it found more violations than it did last year, at least in part because of new suppliers and partners added to supply chain.

Out of 757 suppliers included in the audit across 30 countries, 197 were being audited for the first time. Apple found twice as many “core violations” in 2017 as it did in the previous year. Core violations are those that Apple “considers the most serious breaches of compliance” and for which it claims to have “zero tolerance.”

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Apple Slapped with £136 Million Tax Bill After Extensive Audit in Britain

Apple has been ordered to pay £136 million in taxes after an “extensive audit” was conducted by HM Revenue and Customs, Britain’s tax collector.

According to the BBC, the company’s British subsidiary (Apple Europe) has agreed to comply with “corporate income tax adjustment.” The tax covers the years leading up to September 26th, 2015.

In a statement, the company said it’s committed to paying its fair share of tax. “We know the important role that tax payments play in society,” commented Apple.

“Apple pays all that we owe according to tax laws and local customs in the countries where we operate.”

The firm explained that HMRC has just completed a review of its British accounts. “As a multinational business and the largest taxpayer in the world, Apple is regularly audited by tax authorities around the world,” said the firm.

“HMRC recently concluded a multiyear audit of our UK accounts and the settlement we reached with HMRC is reflected in our recently filed accounts.”

Apple added that this tax sum “reflects the company’s increased activity”. It said: “As a result of this adjustment, the company’s corporate income tax payments will increase going forward.”

In the past, Apple has been criticised over taxation. And currently, it’s embroiled in a bitter battle with the European Commission, which has ordered the company to pay a hefty €13 billion tax sum.

The Commission has slammed the Irish Government’s decision to give Apple a hefty tax break. It’s been paying Ireland 1 percent of corporation tax.

In 2016, European Union officials accused Ireland of providing illegal tax relief to Apple. The tech giant is currently paying the sum, but Ireland is fighting the decision.

At the time, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said: “Member states cannot give tax benefits to selected companies – this is illegal under EU state aid rules,” said Commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

She added: “The Commission’s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.”

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Apple forks over another $184M to UK tax authorities after ‘extensive audit’

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The world’s most valuable company now has a bit less in the bank after Apple was forced to settle up with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs to the tune of $ 184 million in additional taxes.
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