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Google wins challenge against 1.1 billion euro French tax bill
July 12, 2017 / 4:16 PM / 2 months ago

Google wins challenge against 1.1 billion euro French tax bill

PARIS, July 12 (Reuters) - U.S. internet giant Google on Wednesday won a court challenge against demands by French authorities that it pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes.

The Paris administrative court ruled that Google Ireland Limited was not subject to corporate and value-added taxes for the period 2005-2010, striking down the tax administration’s demands for back payments.

The ruling in favour of Google, now part of Alphabet Inc., followed a court adviser’s recommendation that Google did not have a “permanent establishment” or sufficient taxable presence to justify the bill. ($1 = 0.8762 euros) (Reporting by Laurence Frost and Emmanuel Jarry; editing by Richard Lough)

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