Google Wins Tax Case in France

Jul 14, 2017

French tax authorities argued that Google needed to pay $1.27 billion in taxes. Google and “its Irish subsidiary sold a service for inserting online ads to clients in France through its Google search engine.” But a French administrative court ruled that Google Ireland Limited did not have a “permanent establishment” in France. “In their ruling, the judges noted that the ads ordered by French clients could not be put online by the employees of Google France themselves because any ad orders ultimately needed approval from Google Ireland Limited.” Google has organized itself so that it minimizes the amount of taxes it pays through ought the world. Corporate taxes are substantially lower in Ireland.