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CORRECTED-Ireland says EU's 13 bln euro Apple tax bill unjustified

(Corrects in headline and first paragraph to clarify that Irish finance minister opposes the European Commission tax ruling against Apple, but will collect the money pending appeal)

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Ireland’s finance minister said the European Commission’s demand that Dublin retroactively collect 13 billion euros in taxes from Apple was unjustified and not Dublin’s job, in an interview with Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) newspaper.

In the interview, extracts from which the FAZ published on Wednesday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said the tax rules from which Apple benefited had been available to all and not tailored for the U.S. technology giant. They did not violate European or Irish law, he added.

“We are not the global tax collector for everybody else,” the paper quoted him as saying. The European Commission last year ruled that Apple paid so little tax on its Ireland-based operations that it amounted to state aid and ordered it to pay back up to 13 million euros in tax to Dublin. The Irish government has said it will collect the money pending an appeal by Apple. (Reporting By Thomas Escritt, Editing by Michelle Martin)

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