The Google offices in Paris had some some unexpected company on the morning of May 24th. According to the BBC, the offices were “raided” by 100 tax officials. The company has been accused of owing France almost $1.8 billion in unpaid taxes.
France, among other European countries, are trying to collect “back taxes” from Google and other US tech firms, like Amazon and Apple. France has said that the money Google allegedly owes was accrued over a period of several years.
Google agreed to pay about $185 million in UK taxes back in January of this year, which would settle claims for a period between 2006 and 2011. A deal was also struck, that going forward, to pay taxes commensurate with UK revenue. This is the model that European countries are seeking.