New EU Digital Tax Proposal Raises New Concerns, Broad Support for Global Reform

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers were unable to decide on the EU Digital Services tax (DST) proposal at today’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting due to a last-minute French-German compromise text. The new text would limit the tax to advertisement activities and would allow Member States to introduce a broader tax base in…

European Finance Ministers Should Focus on Global Tax Reform, Not Unilateral Actions

Brussels, BELGIUM — European Finance Ministers are meeting in Brussels tomorrow, Tuesday, for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meeting where they will consider the EU Digital Services Tax (DST) proposal.  The DST would levy a 3% tax on certain so-called digital companies’ turnover.  It would apply from January 2022. G20 leaders this weekend…

G-20 Summit Offers Opportunities To De-Escalate Tensions

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association calls on U.S. officials to use the upcoming Group of 20 Summit to improve relations and reduce tensions with trade partners. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies will be meeting Friday and Saturday in Argentina to discuss a range of economic issues. Officials should take heed of…

CCIA Recommendations on Negotiating Priorities for U.S-Japan Trade

Washington — As the U.S. considers its negotiating objectives for a potential U.S.-Japan free trade agreement, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today with USTR outlining digital trade priorities. The comments discuss the needs for an intellectual property chapter that ensures protections for online intermediaries and includes limitations and exceptions necessary for the…

Tech Industry Letter to USTR Regarding De Minimis in USMCA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other associations in a letter to United States Trade Representative Lighthizer Tuesday requesting that a footnote be removed in the recently-agreed USMCA which suggests that the United States could lower its de minimis threshold for Canada and Mexico to a “reciprocal amount.” The letter notes…

CCIA Details Scope of Country-by-Country Trade Barriers For USTR

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of digital trade barriers as part of trade officials’ annual request for comments. USTR will issue its National Trade Estimates (NTE) report in the Spring identifying regulations around the world that pose barriers to trade. In recent years, USTR has increased its commitment to…

CCIA Welcomes Provisions In Canada, Mexico Trade Agreement To Reduce Digital Trade Barriers

Washington —  The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the inclusion of provisions to reduce digital trade barriers in yesterday’s agreement between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The agreement addresses barriers to cross-border data flows and upholds critical protections for online intermediaries. The following can be attributed to CCIA President and CEO Ed Black: “This…