The Australian division of search giant Google has filed its financial accounts with the nation’s corporate regulator stating it made a loss of $3.08 million in 2010, resulting in a payment of just $7.4 million in taxes off local revenues of $151.39 million,” noted ZDNet.
Google listed revenues jumped substantially over the 12 months, according to the statement, rising from $110.31 million in 2009 to $151.39 million for the year to 31 Dec 2010. Google’s biggest local cost was its 434 employees, which soaked up some $111.6 million in the period, meaning their average salary was a whopping $257,000.
However, Google Australia also spent a great deal on advertising and promotional expenses — $10.53 million in 2010. Other major expenses included travel and entertainment, which was $7.13 million. The company’s basic profit and loss statement only listed tax costs of $1.1 million, although it was actually slated to pay some $7.4 million in taxes in 2010. Google balanced that figure out with deferred tax payments and adjustments.
At the end of the year, Google Australia was holding some $21.3 million in cash, as well as $34.2 million of what it said were “trade and other receivables”. It had some $16.1 million worth of property, plant and equipment.
“Not everyone believes that Google’s disclosed finances reflect an accurate picture of the company’s local revenues, with industry figures and analysts stating over past years that they believe Google to be making something between $650 million and $1 billion. As Google isn’t listed on the Australian Stock Exchange, it isn’t required to go into a great deal of detail about its local finances.”
In a separate statement Google Australia said: “Google complies fully with all relevant tax legislation in all the countries in which it operates, including in Australia. That means that we contribute to all relevant local and national taxation schemes — as well as providing employment for over 400 employees in Australia.”