FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2016
Paris Tax Raid on Google Office
Washington DC - French authorities raided the Paris offices of Google Ireland, an international division of the US founded internet giant. The raid seeks to determine whether Google has established itself permanently in Paris and thus is subject to taxation. Google claims this office merely provides back office functions like marketing and does not generate revenue.
Eric LeCompte, executive director of Jubilee USA, a religious development coalition that monitors how global fiscal policies affect poor populations, releases the following statement:
"The Paris raids are another example of a global epidemic.
"Every year, across the world billions of dollars are lost in taxes because of elaborate evasion schemes. When taxes aren't paid, schools aren't built, hospitals close and infrastructure crumbles. Poor people too often lose the most.
"No matter where corporations do business, they need to publicly report what payments they make to every government where they set up shop.
"Along with the concerns that stem from the Panama Papers, these allegations show the need for more transparency in international tax policies."
Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 75 US organizations and 550 faith communities working with 50 Jubilee global partners. Jubilee USA builds an economy that serves, protects and promotes the participation of the most vulnerable. Jubilee USA has won critical global financial reforms and more than $130 billion in debt relief to benefit the world's poorest people. www.jubileeusa.org
Available for interview: Eric LeCompte, Executive Director
Contact: Greg Williams, Communications Director
greg(at)jubileeusa.org / (o) (202) 783-3566 x101 (m) (443) 854-1405