Thursday 22 February 2018

Italy probes Google over claims the tech giant violated tax law

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Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

Italian police have launched a fresh tax probe into Google over claims the tech giant violated Italian tax law.

The investigation is its latest entanglement with European tax authorities, following problems in France and Britain over its ‘Irish strategy’.

Italian prosecutors are investigating the years 2008-2013 to see if Google failed to pay tax on the €800 million in taxable revenue it made in Italy during the five period.

Google is considering whether to provide information over revenues it generates in Italy, it added.

Authorities across Europe have been investigating whether big companies like Google are using complex accounting to cut tax bills.

An earlier probe, which was launched by Italian financial police in 2007, found that Google had developed a system to transfer profits from its Italian operations to Ireland so it could benefit from a more favorable tax regime.

Checks on tax payments had been made as part of the investigation, the Italian statement said.

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