FRANCE – Tech giant, Google has been cleared in a French court of its alleged 1.12 billion-euro ($1.3 billion) tax evaison claims that the search-engine giant abused loopholes to avoid paying its fair share.
A judge ruled that Google didn’t illegally dodge French taxes by routing sales in the country out of Ireland, the Paris administrative court decided Wednesday. Judges ruled that Google’s European headquarters in Ireland can’t be taxed as if it also has a permanent base in France, as requested by the nation’s administration.
“Google Ireland Ltd. isn’t taxable in France over the period 2005-2010,” the court said in a statement. French tax administrators didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.