03/21/2011 05:48 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google's Tax Bill Questioned By SEC

Google Inc. (GOOG) received questions from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in December about earnings in other countries that may have reduced the company's tax bill, according to regulatory filings released today.

SEC officials asked Google for "disclosures to explain in greater detail the impact on your effective income tax rates and obligations of having proportionally higher earnings in countries where you have lower statutory tax rates," according to a Dec. 2 letter.

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