Spanish authorities raid
Google offices over tax: source
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[June 30, 2016]
MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish
officials raided Google's Madrid offices on Thursday in
a probe related to its payment of taxes, a person
familiar with the matter said, barely a month after the
internet company had its headquarters in France searched
on suspicion of tax evasion.
holds her smart phone which displays the Google home
page, in this picture illustration taken February 24,
2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard/Illustration
spokeswoman for Google said in a brief statement the company
complied with fiscal legislation in Spain just as it did in all
countries where it operated. The company was working with
authorities to answer all questions, the spokeswoman added.
Google is under pressure across Europe from politicians and the
public upset at how multinationals exploit their presence around
the world to minimize their tax bills.
Spanish authorities did not immediately respond to request for
comments on the swoop.
Google, part of Alphabet Inc, pays little tax in most of Europe
because it reports almost all sales in Ireland. This is possible
thanks to a loophole in international tax law and hinges on
staff in Dublin concluding all sales contracts.
The Paris raid aimed to establish whether Google Ireland has a
permanent base there, and whether the firm was meeting its tax
obligations. It was part of a probe into aggravated tax fraud
and organized laundering of the proceeds.
(Reporting by Robert Hetz and Jesus Aguado; Writing by Dave
Graham; Editing by Julien Toyer and Elaine Hardcastle)
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