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Google agrees to pay Australian authorities $327 million as tax settlement

The ATO launched its crackdown on multinational companies' accounting practices in 2016 with the adoption of an anti-tax avoidance law and the launch of the taskforce.

AFP | PTI  |  Sydney 

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agreed to pay Australian tax authorities 482 million Australian dollars ($327 million) to settle a long-running dispute over the tech giant's multibillion-dollar business in the country, officials announced on Wednesday.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) said the payment covered taxes owed for 2008-2018, and brought to 1.25 billion Australian dollars the amount recovered from global e-commerce titans including Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.

"This settlement is another great outcome for the Australian tax system," said Deputy Commissioner Mark Konza, who has spearheaded the ATO's Tax Avoidance Taskforce.

"It adds to the significant success of the ATO in positively changing the behaviour of digital taxpayers and significantly increasing the tax they pay in Australia," he added.

The ATO launched its crackdown on multinational companies' accounting practices in 2016 with the adoption of an anti-tax avoidance law and the launch of the taskforce.

Konza said on Wednesday that the ATO's operation would be extended until 2023 to ensure multinational digital players continue to pay taxes on sales revenue from Australian customers.

First Published: Wed, December 18 2019. 12:40 IST
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