The biggest tax cheats in the world-
Spanish tax inspectors raided the offices of Google in Spain on Thursday, the latest in a series of regulatory worries for the US technology group in Europe.
Google Spain said in a statement:
We comply with Spanish tax laws just as we do in all countries where we operate. We are co-operating with the authorities in Spain in order to answer all their questions, as always.
The raids took place at Google’s Spanish headquarters in downtown Madrid, and in a tech incubator that is run by the group in the capital.
According to Spanish media reports, the tax authorities are probing a case of suspected tax fraud and tax evasion, linked to the payment of value added tax and of non-resident taxes, writes Tobias Buck in Madrid.
The Madrid raids come just a month after French tax inspectors searched the offices of Google in Paris.