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France Seeking £1.3 Billion Tax from Google vs UK Just £0.13 Billion

French tax authorities are rumoured to be seeking €1.6 billion, about £1.3 billion, from Google in back taxes. Compared to HMRC only getting £130 million. Given the Google business model in both countries is essentially the same, either the French … Continue reading

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European Court Rules Luxembourg VAT Dodge on E-books Illegal

The European Court of Justice ruled this week that Luxembourg and France had acted illegally in applying a special low rate of VAT to e-books. The tax dodge by Luxembourg involved raking off tax using 3% VAT on e-books paid … Continue reading

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Government Consultation on State Marriage Ceremonies Outdoors

A non-tax item but as a lawyer my eye was caught by a government consultation on allowing non-religious groups to conduct their own form of state recognised marriage ceremony outdoors. The problem is English law on selected state recognised religious marriage is based … Continue reading

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French HGV Tax to Target “Foreign” Vehicles

So Ségolène Royal (France’s Ecology Minister) is thinking of a “levy” (tax fans will know what that euphemism means) on foreign (i.e. not French) trucks using France’s road network. I am inclined to agree with The National Federation of Transport … Continue reading

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France Dares to Tax Internet Profits Made in France

They do things differently in France compared to the UK. Two stories caught my eye. Recently the French President gave a speech at which he said everyone must be on a level paying field, including taxes. He made his comments … Continue reading

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French Reply on Tax and Health

The French Embassy has highlighted basic differences between the French and UK approach to tax for health care in a numbered reply to UK newspaper criticism of the French system. here’s what they have to say on tax for health … Continue reading

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French Tax on Customer Courtesy ?

Intrigued by French reports of a cafe in Brittany being fined €9,000 tax when customers returned drinks trays and empty glasses as a courtesy to the bar. The supposed problem for the French social security agency was an alleged breach … Continue reading

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