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Amazon Ordered To Pay $252 Million In Back Taxes By French Authorities

An Amazon Kindle, bottom, and a Kindle Fire are displayed on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 in Montpelier, Vt. Kindle readers may soon
An Amazon Kindle, bottom, and a Kindle Fire are displayed on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 in Montpelier, Vt. Kindle readers may soon get a refund. Amazon has alerted its Kindle customers that they are entitled to a credit on prior electronic book purchases as part of a legal settlement.(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

LONDON (Reuters) - Internet retailer Amazon said it had received a $252 million demand from the French tax Authorities for back taxes, interest and penalties in relation to "the allocation of income between foreign jurisdictions".

Amazon said it would fight the claim, in court if necessary, and that the claim related to the calendar years 2006 through 2010.

"We disagree with the proposed assessment and intend to vigorously contest it," the company said in its third quarter results filed last month.

An Amazon official referred to the tax demand, which had not been previously widely reported, at a UK parliamentary committee hearing. (Reporting by Tom Bergin)

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