The check involved 67 tax inspectors accompanied by 30 police officers, and lasted from dawn to well into the night, according to a report in French investigative newspaper Le Canard Enchainé, published Wednesday.
The inspectors came from a number of agencies, including the National Directorate of Tax Investigations, responsible for detecting tax evasion, and the Brigade for the Verification of Computerized Accounts, according to the newspaper report.
Nicolas Vanbremeersch, of Microsoft’s public relations company Spintank, said Wednesday that the company had no comment to make on the number of inspectors involved, or the duration of the inspection.
The investigation began just over a year ago, according to Le Canard Enchainé, when tax inspectors visiting a French gaming company discovered invoices from Irish and U.S. subsidiaries of Microsoft for advertising and commercial services allegedly performed in France by employees of French subsidiaries.
(Curated by Dennis Moore. Read the complete article here)