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Google's Paris headquarters raided by police in tax evasion probe

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France s financial prosecutor s office has confirmed that the raid, which involved dozens of French police officers, 25 IT specialists, and a number of tax officials, is part of an investigation into tax evasion and money laundering.

"The investigation aims to verify whether Google Ireland Ltd has a permanent base in France and if, by not declaring parts of its activities carried out in France, it failed its fiscal obligations, including on corporate tax and value added tax," the prosecutor's office said in statement.

Earlier this year, it was reported that Italian police suspect Google had managed to evade 227 million euros $247.5 million in taxes between 2009 and 2013.

After a six-year investigation, Google came to an agreement with the UK government in January to pay back 3 percent tax, or $181 million, to cover money owed since 2005.

It s not just Europe that s unhappy with these tech companies' actions.

Some US officials want the money brought back into the country so it can be taxed and help reduce the nation s deficit.

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