Google wins tax case brought by French authorities

A court in Paris has ruled that Google was not liable for tax in France, after the French authorities demanded Google to pay back 1.1bn euros in taxes. The company booked its advertising contracts to be displayed in France through its subsidiary in Ireland. According to the court, the authorities’ bill couldn’t be justified, as Google did not have a ‘permanent establishment’ or ‘sufficient taxable presence’ in France. As a result, ‘Google Ireland Ltd isn’t taxable in France over the period 2005-2010.’