Google to pay £183m in back taxes to Irish government

Google to pay £183m in back taxes to Irish government

Google’s Irish subsidiary has agreed to pay €218m (£183m) in back taxes to the Irish government, according to company filings on Thursday. The US tech giant, which had been accused of avoiding hundreds of millions in tax across Europe through loopholes known as the “Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich”, said it had “agreed to the resolution of certain tax matters relating to prior years”. Google Ireland Ltd said it would pay corporation tax of €622m in 2020, including the €218m backdated tax settlement and interest charges. The previous year Google Ireland paid taxes of €263m. The company, which is part of parent company Alphabet, promised last year that it would ditch the “Double Irish, Dutch sandwich” strategy, which allowed it to effectively shuffle revenues made across Europe offshore to places like …
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