Google used a popular tax trick to shelter $19.2 billion

From Engadget - January 2, 2018

Google defended the practice in a statement to Bloomberg, reiterating its position that it "pay[s] all of the taxes due and [complies] with the tax laws in every country we operate in around the world."

The statement is technically accurate, as it's honoring local laws.However, the statement sidesteps the main concern: that companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are using tax loopholes that obey the letter of the law, but not the spirit of it.Governments in Europe and the US have argued that tech firms are depriving countries of expected tax revenue and have taken numerous steps to reclaim that money, including closing loopholes (Ireland's closes in 2020) and finding new taxation methods.


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