EU Lawmakers Question Google, Facebook on Taxes

Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. were among U.S. companies facing questions from European Union lawmakers about their tax-reducing techniques, a month after regional antitrust regulators raised the stakes by ordering Starbucks Corp. and a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV unit to repay millions of euros in back taxes. The queries about the “Dutch Sandwich” and the “Double Irish” -- tax arrangements that allow companies to declare income in lower-tax areas -- came as the European Commission weighs its next decisions on fiscal pacts Inc. arranged with Luxembourg and Apple Inc. with Ireland.