|John Herlihy, Google Ireland chief (left), apparently instructing Richard Bruton, enterprise minister, on pressing green lights, Dublin, September 2012.|
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
Google Ireland reported a 10% rise in revenues in 2013 to €17bn ($21.7bn) while
Google UK's turnover was £642m ($965m).
The UK revenues comprise £541.7m in marketing fees paid by Google Ireland and a
fee of £100.7m for research and development from its US parent.
Google Inc.'s search revenues (excluding-Motorola) in 2013 amounted to $55.5bn
and it has separately acknowledged that the UK generated $5.6bn of revenues - -
but these are booked in Ireland.
Google Ireland's revenues amounted to 39% of global revenues and payroll numbers
in Ireland and UK were respectively at 2,368 up from 2,200 in 2012 and 1,835 in
2013, up from 1,613 in 2012 - - Google Inc. has a global payroll of 43,862
(ex-Motorola) at end 2013.
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,
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.