United States reportedly withdrawing from talks with EU on digital services tax

United States reportedly withdrawing from talks with EU

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer today appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee and, as being widely reported, said that the United States was withdrawing from talks with the European Union about a solution for the taxation of digital services.


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The USTR in early June 2020 announced investigations of digital services taxes either adopted or being considered by certain trading partner countries of the United States. The focus of this investigation is digital services taxes that are viewed as discriminating against U.S. companies as adopted or under consideration by:

  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • European Union
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom

Comments regarding the investigations are due by July 15, 2020. Read TaxNewsFlash

The USTR previously initiated an investigation regarding the digital services tax enacted in France, and additional tariffs were proposed by the United States but not implemented. Read TaxNewsFlash

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