The French do not intend to cut a deal with Google on owed back taxes

Kramer Phillips By Kramer Phillips | 4 years ago

French finance minister, Michel Sapin, has confirmed that he does not intend to go easy on Google for taxes owed.

“[I don’t] do deals like Britain,” warned Sapin on Sunday, foreshadowing that he would tax Google the total amount owed, as concordant with the letter of the law. “We’ll go all the way. There could be other cases.”

It has been reported that French authorities will ask for approximately €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion, £1.2 billion) in corporation tax and value added tax from the American tech company.

It has been reported that Google paid just €5 million in French taxes although it reported €224.4 million in revenues in 2014.

It has been speculated that Google, as well as other American multinational corporations, had been evading French corporation tax by channeling profits through smaller nations, in the case of Google, often Ireland, and paying taxes in lower codes.

The suspicions of tax evasion will possibly be confirmed as a result of a raid performed by dozens of French tax investigators on the Google France headquarters in Paris.

If Google is found guilty of laundering money or evading taxes it could face fines up to half of the value of the amount of the money laundered.


Google paid £130 million in back taxes to the United Kingdom government after a six year investigation was operated into their tax payments. The deal was seen as far too small for such a large corporation.

“There won’t be negotiations,” warned Sapin, who in February, 2016 assured that Google would have to pay more to the French government than it did to that of the United Kingdom.