Google Pays France Over $1B in Tax Fraud Case

French investigators have been investigating Google for declaring profits in Ireland from activities in France, due to its lower tax rate.

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PARIS (AP) — Tech giant Google says it has paid over one billion dollars to French authorities to settle a years-long dispute over allegations of tax fraud.  A Paris court Thursday approved a fine of $551 million from the digital giant over charges of tax evasion, and Google said it paid a further $513 million in "additional taxes." 

Since 2015 French investigators have been investigating Google for declaring profits from activities in France in Ireland instead, where taxes are much lower. A statement from Google to the AP said: "We remain convinced that a coordinated reform of the international tax system is the best way to provide a clear framework to companies operating worldwide." 


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