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How Google Gets Its Tax Breaks

Mar 18, 2019

Google reaped millions from cities to build its data centers, often securing land and tax breaks secretly, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Last May, the city officials of Midlothian, Texas, approved more than 10 million dollars in tax breaks for a huge, mysterious new development, owned by a company called Sharka. After the deal went through, Sharka changed its main address to that of Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google has followed similar back-room deals with officials and politicians of many other cities to build its data centers and offices over more than a decade. Google is now one of the most highly valued and profitable companies of this world. Their yearly revenue reached 116 billion dollars in 2018.

Google, with such secret scheming, grew itself into an internet-age giant. But, the number of jobs this giant company created were dismal. “So Google comes in and pays no taxes for 10 years, and only brings in 40 jobs ...,” one resident of Midlothian wrote to the local newspaper. That's right: we pay the taxes and these companies get richer.