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."