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Israel earned $370 million in taxes on Waze sale

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January 14, 2014 | 10:31 am

From left: Waze founders Noam Bardin, Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar and Samuel Keret. Photo byTzvika Tishler/Ynetnews.com

From left: Waze founders Noam Bardin, Ehud Shabtai, Amir Shinar and Samuel Keret. Photo byTzvika Tishler/Ynetnews.com

Israel earned $370 million in tax revenue on the sale of the navigation app Waze to Google.

Google is set to pay $230 million in taxes on its acquisition of the property rights to the free application for smart phones on top of the more than $143 million in taxes already paid on the purchase.

Waze on July 25 reported a purchase price for Waze of $966 million in cash in its financial report for the second quarter of 2013, Globes reported. The purchase was completed in mid-May.

The Israeli firm’s managers and employees have remained in their Raanana headquarters rather than relocating to Menlo Park, Calif., which reportedly was a requirement of the purchase agreement. Google has said that Waze will remain a separate service and an independent company.

It is not known where Google will register Waze’s intellectual property, though it likely will eschew the United States in favor of a country with a lower tax liability.

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