Digital Taxes Target American Companies in Europe and Around the World

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Posted by Andreas Hellmann & Kevin Adams on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019, 2:02 PM PERMALINK

France has been in the headlines in recent weeks due to its approval of a digital services tax (DST) that mainly hits American technology companies such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. The bill now awaits President Macron’s signature, who has signaled his support.

But France isn’t the only country that has chosen to impose or signaled its intention to impose a DST. After the European Union scrapped its plans for an EU-wide DST, several European countries have decided to take unilateral action in what will ultimately end in a complex web of varying tax rates and applicability requirements. As the maps show, a number of countries, both in Europe and around the world, have either implemented or plan to implement a DST on their own instead of waiting for an international consensus.

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