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European digital taxes unfair to big tech, says US Trade Representative

Digital service taxes being applied in assorted European countries will cost Apple and other American companies millions of dollars going forward, and the US Trade Representative is considering applying trade tariffs to retaliate or discourage application.

Foreign taxes may lead to trading tariffsForeign taxes may lead to trading tariffs

Italy, Turkey, and India have followed France in levying a tax on foreign digital goods leading to further investigations by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office. In November, France began taxing multinational firms at 3% of total regional revenue, a practice the USTR calls “discriminatory towards U.S. tech companies.”

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