Tuesday, 24 May 2016

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French police raided Google's Paris headquarters this morning, following a drawn-out tax fraud investigation that started back in 2011, Le Parisien reports.

Around 100 tax officers entered Google's offices at 5:00 AM local time looking for evidence and documents to attest Google's tax-dodging ways.

In the past months, French officials have accused the US-based company of dodging local tax laws by funneling profits to its official European headquarters based in Dublin, Ireland.

Officials believe Google should pay taxes in France because it has a Paris HQ
Authorities are claiming that the company is operating permanent offices in Paris, so it must abide by local laws and pay French taxes, which are among the highest in Europe. On the other hand, Ireland has the lowest corporate tax in the EU, and many other companies, such as Microsoft, have headquarters there.

Local authorities started an inquiry into Google's supposed tax fraud in 2011 when they raided their French offices for the first time. France informed Google about plans to pursue an official investigation in March 2014.

French officials claim that Google owes them €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in back taxes. At the start of 2016, Google faced a similar investigation in the UK, but the tech giant reached an accord with British authorities.

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