Google pays France over $1 billion in tax fraud case

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, file photo shows Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world's largest and most ubiquitous tech companies.

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 500 million euros ($551 million) from the digital giant over charges of tax evasion, and Google said it paid a further 465 million euros ($513 million) in "additional taxes."

French investigators have since 2015 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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