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MILAN Jan 10 Italy's tax authorities are
looking at a proposal from Alphabet Inc's Google to
pay between 270 million and 280 million euros ($286-296 million)
to settle a tax dispute, a source close to the matter said on
A year ago Italian tax police alleged that Google had
evaded paying taxes worth 227 million euros between 2009 and
2013 in a move which was said could result in heavy punitive
Governments across Europe are looking for ways to change tax
rules which allow multinationals to park profits in other tax
Some countries, including Italy, are also trying to use
existing tax rules to force companies to pay more tax on the
profits generated by sales in their countries.
At the end of 2015 Apple Inc agreed to pay Italy's
tax office 318 million euros to settle a dispute over
allegations it failed to pay taxes for six years.
"There was a meeting with Google's lawyers just before
Christmas when the proposal was presented", the source said.
But sticking points to a final settlement include working
out final details on how revenues are booked for tax purposes
and securing a commitment from the U.S. giant to pay taxes in
Italy in the future, the source added.
"Google is continuing to work with the competent
authorities," a company spokeswoman said.
In January last year Google agreed to pay the British
government 130 million pounds ($158 million) in back taxes in a
deal which opposition parties in the country criticised as too
little in view of the size of Google's UK revenues.
($1 = 0.9453 euros)
($1 = 0.8236 pounds)
(Reporting by Emilio Parodi; Writing by Stephen Jewkes; Editing
by Greg Mahlich)