The US Trade Representative’s office said the digital services taxes adopted by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against US companies and do not comply with international tax principles, paving the way for potential retaliatory charges.
The Office of the US Trade Representative, which released the findings of its digital tax investigations, said it had not taken specific action at this time, but would “continue to evaluate all available options.”
These investigations are among the many investigations still open in Section 301 of the USTR Act that could lead to fees being imposed before President Donald Trump leaves office or early in the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, among them a more advanced investigation into services tax. Digital in France.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative set a deadline of January 6 to apply 25% tariffs on French cosmetics, handbags and other imports estimated at $ 1.3 billion annually in retaliation against French digital taxes.
But it was unclear late on Wednesday whether those task groups would start as scheduled, and spokespersons for USTR, Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for collecting customs duties, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) concluded that digital taxes levied by France, India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against major US technology companies, such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.com.
In the most recent report, he also said that Indian, Italian and Turkish taxation was “unreasonable” because it “conflicts with international tax principles, including because of their application to revenue rather than income, extraterritorial application, and lack of tax certainty.”