France will go to the end to guarantee the payment of taxes by transnational companies operating on its territory, said in an interview with Reuters, the Greek Finance Minister Michel Sapin. He warned that could lead to more cases of claims from the state to these companies about non-payment of taxes, like what happened with Google and McDonald’s.
According to Sapena, any negotiations on the “tax deal” is excluded from Google.
“We will go to the end. There may be other cases,” said Sapna,. commenting on the situation with tax claims to the French Google and McDonald’s.
On Tuesday, may 24, at the Paris headquarters of Google came to check the French investigators. At the Paris office of McDonald’s searches were conducted on may 18. The French business magazine L’expansion reported last month that the authorities suspected McDonald’s to pay €300 million income taxes.
According to the head of the French Ministry of Finance, inspection and police investigators were based on work that began service on three or four years ago. Then they gave tax information to the judicial authorities on suspicion of possible criminal component.
Google the French authorities calling for the payment of taxes in the amount of about €1.6 billion, said a source Reuters in the Ministry of Finance of the country. Sapin said that he can’t discuss what exactly the amounts involved, because of privacy of tax matters.
Earlier this year Google reached an agreement with authorities in the UK to pay to the Treasury of £130 million ($190 million) in compensation of tax arrears for the first ten years of the reporting period. As noted by Bloomberg, the opponents of the agreement called the amount “ridiculous”.
On the question of whether the tax authorities to make a deal with the company, Sapin said that France “doesn’t cut deals, as the UK”. “We apply the law,” he stressed.
“Negotiations will not be”, — the Minister zakluchit.
As noted by Reuters, Google, McDonald’s and other multinational companies such as Starbucks, are under increasing pressure from the public opinion and authorities in Europe in relation to ways to which they resort in order to minimize tax payments.
Google States that it fully takes the French law. McDonald’s declined to comment on the searches, noting that the company is proud to be one of the largest taxpayers in France.