Tax litigation: Google pays nearly a billion euros to the French state

Tax litigation: Google pays nearly a billion euros to the French state

Google will spend a billion euros to settle the French tax authorities. The American internet giant, accused of not having paid enough taxes in France, has negotiated an agreement with the courts.

Tax litigation: Google pays nearly a billion euros to the French state

In the standoff between Google and the French state, it is the American giant that has just given in. Google has agreed to pay a total of nearly a billion euros. A fine of 500 million euros negotiated with the national financial prosecutor, and 465 million euros of tax catch. One way for Google to avoid a lawsuit for aggravated tax fraud and to settle a 13-year-old dispute with the French tax authorities.

“It’s a historic victory”

This agreement relieves Bercy, who did not want to engage in a long and expensive trial. “It is a historic victory. Historical because it is a change of epoch. We settled the dispute and we recovered almost all of what we asked the company for many tax audits“, Welcomes Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Action and Public Accounts. Officially, until now, Google only recognized a head office in Europe, in Ireland, a fiscally attractive country.