Google’s got some back taxes to catch up on according to the French government.
The Internet giant allegedly owes 1.6 billion euros in France. That’s the equivalent of US $1.76 billion.
In its report, Reuters cites an unnamed source within the French finance ministry noting the company needs to pay up.
“As far as our country is concerned, back taxes concerning this company amount to 1.6 billion euros,” the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the news agency.
Google officials have stated they respect tax laws in all countries where the company operates. There has been no official statement from French government officials, but this isn’t the first time Google’s found itself in hot water over taxes.
British lawmakers recently settled tax disputes with Google. The company handed over 130 million pounds (US $181.18 million) regarding taxes dating bank to 2005.
There’s been no report on any possible deal between Google and France though Finance Minister Michel Sapin ruled out striking a deal saying the sums at stake in France are “far greater” than those in Britain.