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Google's Tax Deal With U.K. May Be Next in Line for EU Probe

  • Vestager says she may probe Google if she gets a complaint
  • EU says it received SNP letter calling for investigation
European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager.

Photographer: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
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European Union competition chief Margrethe Vestager said Thursday morning she’s ready to investigate Google parent Alphabet Inc.’s 130 million-pound ($185.5 million) tax deal with the U.K. if there are complaints. It didn’t take long for the first to surface.

"If we find that there is something to be concerned about, if someone writes to us and says, well, this is maybe not as it should be, then we will take a look,” she said in an interview on BBC’s Radio 4. At much the same time, Stewart Hosie, the deputy leader of the Scottish National Party, said he’d written a letter calling for a probe into Google’s arrangements.