US internet giant Google on Wednesday won a court challenge against demands by French authorities that it pay 1.1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in back taxes. The Paris administrative court ruled that Google Ireland was not subject to corporate and value-added taxes (VAT) for the period 2005-2010, striking down the tax administration's demands for back payments. The ruling in favour of Google, now part of Alphabet Inc, followed a court adviser's recommendation that Google did not have a "permanent establishment" or sufficient taxable presence to justify the bill.
Court rules in favour of Google in 1.1-billion euro French tax bill case
It ruled that Google Ireland was not subject to corporate, value-added taxes for the period 2005-10