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Tax investigators raid Google’s Paris HQ

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May 25, 2016, Paris: Dozens of investigators raided Google‘s offices in French capital Paris yesterday as part of a probe into the company’s alleged evasion.

The was conducted by investigators from the state financial prosecutor’s office assisted by 25 information technology (IT) experts, according to officials. “The investigation aims to verify whether Ireland Ltd has a permanent base in France” the prosecutor’s office said, “and if, by not declaring parts of its activities carried out in France, it failed its fiscal obligations[…]”.

Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., reports most of its sales in Ireland. claims most sales contracts are closed in its Dublin offices. If investigation finds sales are being concluded in other countries, may need to pay additional taxes in these countries.

In 2014 reported a total yearly revenue in France of 225.4 million with a profit of just €12.2 million, paying only €5 million in corporate according to the Financial Times. A spokesperson said the company is co-operating with French authorities and fully complies with French law.

According to Reuters, a source from the French finance ministry said French authorities are also separately pursuing Google for €1.6 billion in back taxes.

From Wikinews under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence

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