Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Tax Office, has for some time had major multinational companies under scrutiny in the hunt for tax evaders. Some of the companies that have been identified are Apple, Google, Microsoft, Rio Tino and Chevron.
Now, a first round of bills after tax was sent to seven companies, but the authorities do not reveal what it is. The total of these seven is 2.9 billion Australian dollars, or almost 20 billion. Individual bills are between 250 and 800 million Australian dollars.
Apple and other companies have been accused of, among other things, use internal loans to reduce profits locally, and to charge artificially high licensing fees of its local subsidiaries.
this is not the first time Apple ends up in trouble in the region. Recently, it was revealed that the company has not paid any tax at all in New Zealand for 10 years, since the subsidiary which is controlled from Australia (where Apple, however, has paid tax on the profits of New Zealand).