France to Go Ahead With Digital Tax, Risking U.S. Tariffs

Oct. 14, 2020, 5:04 PM

France will go ahead with plans to collect its contentious digital services tax mid-December, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said, keeping Europe on course for a trade battle with the U.S. over the taxation of tech giants like Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

The French government suspended the payment of its national levy on digital revenues as the U.S. agreed to hold off on retaliatory tariffs. The truce was designed to give time for international negotiations to find a global deal this year on new rules for taxing profits in the digital era. But those talks have stumbled ...

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