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

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The proposed 3% tax on total annual revenues of companies that provide services to French consumers applies only to the largest tech companies, which are mostly US-based.

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

The so-called GAFA companies appeared at a USTR hearing on possible countermeasures and were unanimous in their complaints, calling the tax a"troubling precedent." The proposed three percent tax on total annual revenues of companies that provide services to French consumers applies only to the largest tech companies, which are mostly US-based.

"Amazon cannot absorb the expenses," and the company"already informed partners that their fee will increase starting October 1," he added

 

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