The funds meant that it was able to shore up its balance sheet during the financial crisis.
As for its contribution to the government’s coffers, Google has – from the offset – been following the rules. It ought to come as no surprise that paying tax has been revolutionised in an electronic, borderless environment world.
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And yet an awful lot of people are in a constant state of shock that taxpayers adapt.
As we have seen with Google, Apple – and even pop groups like U2, fronted by Saint Bono, which moved part of its business to the Netherlands for tax reasons.