Gavin Newsom has signed legislation that would allow property owners to track their property taxes on Google patents.
Newsom signed the legislation into law on Thursday, as the tech giant is set to begin paying a one-time $10 million tax on the patents that it owns in the state.
The new legislation allows property owners and non-profits to track a portion of Google’s intellectual property income and then track any taxes they owe.
In the case of Google patents, the state could track the amount paid to Google by issuing a tax audit to Google.
The audit would require the companies to submit a list of all intellectual property that Google owns, including those from Google.
The company has already agreed to pay the $10.2 million tax to California, but it is not clear how much it will actually pay.
In a statement, Google said the bill was designed to help improve the state’s ability to collect property taxes.