France agrees to delay new tax on tech giants



BBC News

France has agreed to delay collecting a new tax on multinational technology firms until the end of 2020, a French government official has told the BBC.

The digital services tax has provoked an angry response from Washington.

The US had threatened to impose retaliatory tariffs on $2.4bn (£1.8bn) of French goods, including champagne and cheese, after the tax was passed in July 2019.

The US will not introduce extra import taxes this year, the official said.

The rapprochement was the result of a conversation between President Trump and President Macron on Monday.
Global tech giants including Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon would have been due to make tax payments equivalent to 3% of their French revenues in April and then again in November.

  • US threatens tax on champagne and French cheese
  • France to go it alone on digital tax

France, along with several other European countries, pushed ahead with its own digital sales tax while it waited for a multilateral agreement about how such firms should be taxed to be drawn up by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

If the OECD reaches a deal by the end of 2020, then France’s unilateral tax will not be applied at all. If there is no multilateral agreement by then France will collect the two tranches of the tax.


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