Google on Thursday filed its 2013 accounts for its Irish and UK companies - - they show that the search engine giant paid little corporate tax in Ireland and the UK.
Google Ireland reported a 10% rise in revenues in 2013 to €17bn ($21.7bn) while
Google UK's turnover was £642m ($965m).
Google Ireland runs a data centre but its staff with about 70% from outside Ireland, mainly work in sales and administration while in the UK 700 engineers work on the Android smartphone software platform and other high tech activity.
Google Ireland's pre-tax profits of €189.1m in 2013 followed a charge for “administrative expenses” of €11.7bn that mainly reflect Double Irish Dutch Sandwich profit-shifting to the Google Ireland Holdings Irish letter-box company with an address at the offices of Conyers, Dill and Pearman, a law firm, in Hamilton, Bermuda.
Google Ireland's tax liability was €27.7m, up from €17m in 2012.
Google UK had pre-tax profits of £70.8m in 2013 on turnover of £642m, compared with pre-tax profits of £36.8m in 2012. Its tax liability was £20.4m in 2013 up from £11.6m in 2012 - - reasonable on profits from reported sales but not on profits from actual sales.
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