The tax avoidance was reported by the Dutch newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, according to Bloomberg.
Google shifted the money through its Dutch subsidiary, Google Netherlands Holdings, and then on to the empty Bermuda outfit. It was 40% more than the amount that was shifted in 2014, Bloomberg said, citing filings that the search engine behemoth had made with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce on 12 December and which were published online.
Google's parent company, Alphabet, moved most of its non-US profits through the Dutch unit which has no employees, the report said, citing filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. This enabled it to pay tax at the rate of 6.4% outside the US, using what is called a "Double Irish" and a "Dutch sandwich."
The remainder was from Google's Singapore subsidiary. The report said the Dutch company then moved the money to Google Ireland Holdings Unlimited, which owns licensing rights to Google's IP outside the US.
The last named firm is in Bermuda, where no corporate income tax is charged. The use of the two Irish entities is why it is called "Double Irish".
Last year, Google, along with Microsoft and Apple, came under attack during an Australian Senate hearing into tax avoidance.
This year, Google announced that it would restructure its Australian tax affairs to avoid being hit with tougher penalties under Australian federal laws passed at the beginning of the year.