Google has agreed to pay €306 million to Italy after accusations of massive tax evasion, eclipsing a far smaller amount it handed to the United Kingdom previous year.
The agreement not only covers 2009-2013, the period under investigation, but also separate disputes related 2002-2006 and 2014-2015.
"Of this, over 303 million has been attributed to Google Italy and less than 3 million attributed to Google Ireland".
Google and other global giants such as Apple (AAPL, Tech30) and Starbucks (SBUX) have been accused of transferring profits from their sales across national borders to avoid paying high corporate tax rates.
Google confirmed on Thursday that it would pay its back taxes in Italy, including what it paid during 13 years of operations through 2015, the New York Times reported.
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Google has agreed to a tax settlment a £259 million, ending a legal dispute with Italian authorities. The spokesman said Google "confirms its commitment towards Italy and will continue to help the country's online ecosystem grow".
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
American lawmakers, meanwhile, are demanding that US-based multinationals repatriate more of their profits and pay taxes on them.
The French tax authorities have an investigation underway and reportedly will be looking for around one billion euros.
While changes to the tax system are at an early stage in Washington, some European policy makers worry that such repatriation would allow U.S. companies to avoid paying their fair share of tax in Europe, an accusation that tech industry officials reject.