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    USTR blames India, Italy, Turkey on digital taxes but keeps the tariffs in check

    Digital services taxes adopted by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against US companies and are inconsistent with international tax principles, the US Trade Representative’s office said Wednesday, paving the way for potential retaliatory duties. USTR, releasing the results of its “Section 301” investigation into digital taxes, said it was not taking specific actions at this time, but “will continue to evaluate all available options.”

    The investigations are among several still pending Section 301 investigations that could lead to tariffs before President Donald Trump leaves office or President-elect Joe Biden’s start of administration. Among these is a more advanced investigation into the tax on digital services in France. USTR had set a January 6 deadline for implementing 25% tariffs on French cosmetics, bags and other French imports worth approximately $ 1.3 billion annually in retaliation against French digital taxes.

    On Wednesday, however, it was unclear whether the collection of these duties would begin as planned. Spokespeople for USTR and Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for collecting the fees, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. USTR concluded that digital taxes imposed by France, India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against large US tech companies, such as Google, Facebook, Apple and Amazon.com

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    In the latest report, he also stated that Indian, Italian and Turkish taxes are “unreasonable” because they are “inconsistent with the principles of international taxation, including because of its application to revenue rather than income, extraterritorial application and lack of fiscal certainty.. ”

    (This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

    News Highlights:

    • Digital services taxes adopted by India, Italy and Turkey discriminate against US companies and are inconsistent with international tax principles, the US Trade Representative’s office said Wednesday, paving the way for potential retaliatory duties.
    • USTR blames India, Italy, Turkey on digital taxes but keeps the tariffs in check
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