CCIA Industry Welcomes Bipartisan Warning to Lighthizer, Administration on French Digital Services Tax

BY Heather Greenfield
June 19, 2019

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association commends Representatives Suzan DelBene and Darin LaHood, co-chairs of the Congressional Digital Trade Caucus, for calling upon the U.S. Administration to take “prompt and targeted action” in response to France’s Digital Services Tax. The letter echoes remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer at today’s House Ways & Means Hearing regarding the discriminatory nature of the French tax.

As CCIA has advocated previously, the French digital services tax disproportionately targets the U.S. digital economy for additional taxation and impedes global efforts to achieve consensus on global tax frameworks.

The following can be attributed to CCIA Chief Operating Officer Matt Schruers:

“CCIA has been alerting officials since the French digital tax proposal arose as it appears to violate current trade commitments and would serve as a tariff on internet exporters. We appreciate seeing bipartisan support among members of Congress and Representative Lighthizer for taking action against a policy that would target innovative US companies.”

 

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