CCIA Welcomes Congressional Calls to Treat Digital Services Tax Proposals As Trade Barriers

BY Heather Greenfield
April 3, 2019

Washington — Today, Republicans of the House Ways & Means Committee sent a letter to the White House expressing serious concerns regarding France’s and other EU countries’ proposals for a digital services tax. The letter encourages the Administration to “use all appropriate tools to address this issue” and treat the proposed tax as a barrier to trade.  

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes this letter and the call to action.

As CCIA has stated frequently in recent weeks, the French digital services tax is directly targeted at U.S. firms and serves as a ‘de facto’ tariff on leading Internet exporters. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative also recently highlighted the French tax, as well as a number of unilateral digital services tax proposals throughout the EU, as a key trade barrier in its 2019 National Trade Estimates Report.

The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Trade has been a defining aspect of this Administration’s policy agenda and we encourage action on these digital services taxes that discriminate against U.S. exporters. We appreciate members of the House Ways & Means Committee making the French digital services tax a priority and encouraging White House action.”

For media inquiries, please contact Heather Greenfield [email protected]

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