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France passes tax on tech giants
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France https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-48947922 France

France has approved a digital services tax despite threats of retaliation by the US, which argues that it unfairly targets American tech giants.

The 3% tax will be levied on sales generated in France by multinational firms like Google and Facebook.

The French government has argued that such firms headquartered outside the country pay little or no tax.

The US administration has ordered an inquiry into the move - which could result in retaliatory tariffs.

The new tax was approved by the French senate on Thursday, a week after it was passed by the lower house, the National Assembly.



Yeah, here in the UK, it's long been a bone of contention that these companies pay little or no UK tax, since they have no real "physical presence". It does seem iffy, when you consider the size and impact of their digital presence.

However, some have warned that this tax will be hard to collect - so, how would it be done?
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If Google doesn't have a physical present in the UK or France they could always pull their .co.uk and .fr domains....since most national domains you need to have some present (or citizenship) to have those domains.

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