Google corporation tax bill falls to £36.4m. But it's spread over a shorter period

 
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Google changed from an 18 month accounting period in its previous filing to a 12 month period in its latest filing (Source: Getty)

Google paid £36.4m in corporation tax for its UK operations over its latest 12 month period, the tech giant confirmed this afternoon.

The amount covers the year to the end of June 2016 and compares with the £46.2m it paid in 2015.

However the comparative is for an 18 month period, so on a pro-rata basis, the amount paid in the latest filing is nearly £6m more.

A spokesperson for the firm said: "As an international business, we pay the majority of our taxes in our home country, as well as all the taxes due in the UK. We have recently announced significant new investment in the UK, including new offices in Kings Cross for 7,000 staff.”

The firm agreed to a controversial settlement with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) last year which saw it pay £130m in back taxes.

In today's filing no corporation tax was outstanding on 30 June 2016, indicating the firm had paid the £130m settlement to HMRC.

The investment in its offices was booked as £290m in the latest financial statements.

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