Google, the world’s largest search engine company, is going to pay 7600 crore rupees (96.5 million euros) to settle a four-year-old tax dispute in France. Last year too, the company was fined Rs 34 thousand crore. The agreement was reached in the court in the case of tax fraud between 2011 and 2014. The Paris Court of Appeal ordered Google to pay 500 million euros and an additional 46.5 million euros. Investigations against Google began in 2015.
It was alleged that tax evasion
Google was accused of tax evasion in France. He did not give information about business activities and said that all his business runs from Ireland. However, due to prior agreement, the company will not be booked criminal. Similar strictness can be taken against many other companies. Negotiations are underway with some companies.
France has approved the imposition of new tax on big internet companies like Google and Facebook. This internet tax has been named Gafa (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple). However, the United States lodged strong opposition to this and urged its NATO ally France to abandon the idea.
European Union imposed a fine of 117 billion
The European Union has fined Google 1.49 billion euros, or about 117 billion rupees, for violation of competition law. Google is fined for bias in online advertising. Let me tell you that earlier in July last year, the European Commission had imposed a fine of 344 billion rupees on Google for the same thing, which was the biggest penalty on Google.
Actually, every time Google has been accused that it misrepresents the Google search engine as part of its mobile device strategy. Also, let us remind you that this is the third major penalty imposed on Google after 2017 so far. Significantly, Europe strictly monitors companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook and checks if rules are violated.
Google’s monopoly on Android phone
Google is also accused of misusing its search engine and browser on all Android devices and showing its own product as an advertisement when a product is searched. Explain that Google gives its Android system to all Android phone manufacturer companies for free and in return, mobile companies have to pre-install apps like Google’s Chrome, browser, YouTube into the phone.
Google’s complaint was first in 2015
Significantly, in April 2015, a business group named ‘FairSearch’ had complained against Google in the European Union and said that Google is gaining rights in Android smartphones through its app. Explain that companies like Nokia, Microsoft and Oracle are also included in this group.