Google, Facebook, Amazon decry French digital tax as 'discriminatory'

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WASHINGTON: American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday (Aug 19) to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and ...

WASHINGTON: American tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Google joined forces on Monday to decry the French digital tax as retroactive and discriminatory.

The tax, which Washington considers unfair, adds yet another bone of contention to the transatlantic trade disputes that now also include steel, aluminum, automobiles, aircraft and agriculture. For Amazon, where France represents the second largest European market for e-commerce, the levy"creates a double taxation," said Peter Hiltz, director of tax planning for the online retail giant.Some 58 per cent of Amazon's sales are through partner companies, which stand to take the hit.

 

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