LONDON- The California-based search giant Google says it does not have a British presence. From 2006 to 2011, Google generated $18 billion in revenues from the UK, according to statutory filings, and paid just $16 million in taxes. If British tax authorities determined that UK-based employees sell to British clients, UK law could consider Google to have a tax residence, lawyers and academics told Reuters.
A close examination of Google's activities in Britain shows many roles that actually target, negotiate and close sales of Google's advertising products to its customers. Research included interviews with more than a dozen customers and former staff, job advertisements, CVs and endorsements on networking website LinkedIn.
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