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The Spanish tax authorities attempt to verify whether the company, whose European headquarters is in Ireland, well declare all of its activ...
The Spanish tax authorities attempt to verify whether the company, whose European headquarters is in Ireland, well declare all of its activities in the country.

Searches were underway Thursday in the offices of Google in Madrid, as part of an investigation into its tax system, announced an internal company source told Agence France-Presse. In an official, the US giant release of high-tech said: "respect the tax laws in Spain, as in all countries where it operates (...) and cooperate to answer all the questions of the authorities."
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, which revealed information, the IRS is trying to see if Google, whose European headquarters is in Ireland, says although all of its operations in Spain. The survey aims, in particular, the payment of the value added tax (VAT). A source close to the tax investigation, contacted by Agence France-Presse confirmed the searches without giving further details.

Searches in Paris in late May

In France, Google's Paris offices were also raided late May as part of a tax fraud investigation. Like other US multinationals - such as Amazon or Facebook - Google is regularly accused in Europe and wanting the US to avoid taxes by choosing to settle in countries with more favorable taxation. Ireland is a country where the tax on corporate profits (12.5%) is the lowest in the EU and the world.
In Europe and the United States, the authorities have recently stepped up efforts to fill those gaping holes in their tax nets, which deprive tens of billions of euros per year of budget revenues. The UK has signed in January a deal with Google, which agreed to pay him the equivalent of 170 million euros to pay his taxes. The Italian tax authorities claiming more than € 200 million to Google, accused of evading taxes for years.

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