Google to pay $453m to settle Italian tax dispute

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Google to pay $453m to settle Italian tax dispute

For period between 2002 and 2015.

Google has agreed to pay €306 million (A$453 million) to settle a tax dispute with Italy, the company and the country's tax authority said today.

Last year Italian tax police alleged that Google had not paid tax on about €1 billion of Italian revenue between 2009 and 2013.

"In addition to the taxes already paid in Italy during those years, Google will pay another €306 million," a spokeswoman for the US company said.

Both Google and the Italian tax office said the agreement covered the years between 2002 and 2015.

Google parent Alphabet has been accused in Italy and other countries of avoiding taxes by booking income earned in higher-taxing European markets through a unit based in low-tax Ireland.

The US company has previously said it complied with tax rules in every country it worked.

The Italian tax office said the amount of more than €306 million which Google would pay was referenced to both Google Italy and Google Ireland units.

"With Google a process will be kicked off to come up with preventive agreements for correct taxation in Italy in the future for operations that regard our country," the tax office said.

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