The leak also provides a fascinating insight into the tax affairs of Apple, and what the world's most valuable company looked for when it went shopping around for a tax haven.
The news outlet and the nonprofit investigative organization cited confidential records that were obtained by the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung and shared.
Apple CEO Tim Cook in May 2013 testified before Congress about his company's tax practices.
"US multinational firms are the global grandmasters of tax avoidance schemes that deplete not just USA tax collection but the tax collection of most every large economy in the world", former corporate tax adviser Edward Kleinbard was quoted as saying by the NYT.
Specifically, to avoid paying $9 billion in US corporate taxes in 2012, Apple allegedly used a strategy that involved rapid transfers of cash between three offshore units with no tax "residence".
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The European Union instructed Apple past year to pay upto $14.5 billion as sanction of illegal taxes benefits in the Ireland.
Five months after Cook's testimony, Irish officials began to crack down on the tax structure Apple had exploited.
Apple, as the highest taxpayer over the world knows that every corporation comes with a responsibility of paying its taxes, while the company pays each dollar that it owes to every country in the world.
But the iPhone maker still won't say how much profit it makes through its Irish companies - making it impossible to gauge whether $1.5bn is a lot of tax to pay in three years or not.
Up until 2014, the tech company had been exploiting a loophole in tax laws in the United States and the Republic of Ireland known as the "double Irish".
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Does the news about Apple's alleged tax activities surprise you? "We don't depend on tax gimmicks", he went on.
"The changes we made did not reduce our tax payments in any country", Josh Rosenstock told the Times. The selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 percent on European profits in 2003, according to the commission a year ago.
"The vast majority of the value in our products is indisputably created in the United States - where we do our design, development, engineering work, and much more - so the majority of our taxes are owed to the U.S.".
"We strongly support efforts from the global community toward comprehensive worldwide tax reform and a far simpler system".
Apple's law firm, Baker MacKenzie, had 14 questions for offshore law firm Appleby as it looked at its offices in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. The tax-avoidance scheme involved allegedly transferring tech patent portfolios to Ireland; then allegedly using Irish and Dutch subsidiaries in the Caribbean to shift profits to low-tax jurisdictions; and then allegedly moving those profits on to virtually "no tax" jurisdictions.
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