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French house approves 3 per cent tax on online giants

AP
Published Jul 5, 2019, 1:14 am IST
Updated Jul 5, 2019, 1:14 am IST
The bill aims to stop multinationals from avoiding taxes by setting up headquarters in low-tax EU countries.
The French Finance Ministry has estimated the tax will raise about 500 million euros a year this year but that should increase
 The French Finance Ministry has estimated the tax will raise about 500 million euros a year this year but that should increase "quickly."

Paris: France's lower house of parliament approved on Thursday a small, pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook — and the French government hopes other countries will follow suit.

The bill aims to stop multinationals from avoiding taxes by setting up headquarters in low-tax EU countries. Currently, the companies pay nearly no tax in countries where they have large sales like France.

 

The bill foresees a three per cent tax on the French revenues of digital companies with global revenue of more than 750 million euros ($847 million), and French revenue over 25 million euros. The bill adopted by the National Assembly goes to the Senate next week, where it is expected to win final approval.

The tech industry warns it could lead to higher costs for consumers. It could affect US companies including Airbnb and Uber as well as those from China and Europe. It primarily targets those that use consumers' data to sell online advertising.

The French Finance Ministry has estimated the tax will raise about 500 million euros a year this year but that should increase "quickly."

France failed to persuade EU partners to impose a Europe-wide tax on online giants, but is now pushing for an international deal with the 34 countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. 

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