Google forced to pay a billion euros to the French state

Google forced to pay a billion euros to the French state

After years of tax litigation, the Google company finally paid a record sum to the French state.

Google forced to pay a billion euros to the French state

At the end of a standoff that has lasted thirteen years, Google finally gave in to the French state. Until now, the company recognized a head office in Europe only in Ireland, a country attractive from a tax point of view. She will have to pay the sum of one billion euros. The total should include a 500 million euro fine and 465 million tax catch. This will allow him not to face a trial for aggravated tax fraud. It thus settles its accounts with France.

“A historic victory”

At Bercy, the announcement of this agreement was considered a real turning point. “It’s a historic victory. Historical because it is a change of epoch. First, we settled the disputes with the Google company. Secondly, we have recovered almost all of what we asked of the company since many tax audits ”, rejoices Gérard Darmanin, Minister of Action and Public Accounts.