A week-long trial is underway by the US Trade Representative for a six-nation digital services tax, with groups including Amazon’s largest Internet census on Facebook pushing for a global agreement instead of a new expensive price tag.
Monday’s actual hearing of USTR began with an opportunity for industry organizations that wanted to address policies across Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the U.S.A. to charge local revenue for online service providers. The U.S. in March announced plans to strike nations with repercussions of nearly $ 1 billion annually under section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act.
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The process will continue with a special hearing in the UK, Italy, Spain and Austria on Thursday; In Turkey on Friday and in India in May. 10. If the U.S. Passing through prices, goods entering the U.S. – ranging from Italian ties and Spanish shoes to Turkish Turkish tanks and British luxury goods – could face up to 25% of annual work.
The Paris-based OECD has been trying since 2015 to make a global agreement on how to take advantage of companies with limited or no market access when they do business, and intends to do so by the middle of the year. But countries frustrated by the slowdown in negotiations are starting to move forward with their single tax on earnings from digital firms in 2019.
The threat of tax rates is imminent, but at the moment they have the power to get American business partners to leave taxes and negotiate with the OECD. European countries, on the other hand, have such controversial levies claiming that this is their way of looking at the issue of transaction in the OECD.
The Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represents Amazon, Facebook, as well as Google and Intel, says it would be appropriate for the USTR to use payments to try to change the behavior of its trading partners. However, the group sees the OECD solution as “the best way,” according to Rachael Stelly, the organisation’s attorney.
- Eric Martin in Washington
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