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Google Faces $400M Indo Tax Bill

Indonesia is the latest nation to go after Google for back taxes, in Jakarta’s case potentially costing Google more than US$400 million (A$530 million) for 2015 alone.

Chief of the country’s tax office Muhammad Haniv told Reuters that investigators went to Google’s local office in Indonesia on Monday. The tax office alleges Google Indonesia paid less than 0.1 percent of its total income and value-added taxes owed last year.

If found guilty, Google may have to pay fines of up to four times the amount it owed, bringing the maximum tax bill to 5.5 trillion rupiah ($418 million) for 2015. Haniv added that the Tax Office planned to pursue other Internet operations for back taxes also.

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