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Meeting the IRS in Paris

May 14, 2008 – 1:06 pm

To be honest, winning $25,000 is not something we are used to. Besides, Google was clear about not helping the winners to deal with tax issues.

So, that led us to investigate at the American Embassy in Paris at the IRS desk. I must admit that the welcome was very warm and pleasant and they helped us fill out Google’s forms as much as possible, warning us that it would be very difficult to find a specialist in French-American tax treaties…

On the other side, the French confirmed that the “challenge” could be considered as a game under French law, and thus, should not be taxable (yay!).

Here’s food for though with a famous fable by Jean de la Fontaine.