U.S. tech industry cool on Trump deal on France digital tax

By Agence France-Presse

WASHINGTON, USA – A US trade group representing major technology firms on Tuesday, August 27, denounced an agreement on France’s digital tax announced by Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron that leaves the levy in place until a new international taxation plan takes effect.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) reacted a day after Trump and Macron agreed on a plan that would see France scrap its digital tax once a new international levy being discussed is in place.

“France’s unilateral digital tax action aimed at leading American companies is unjustified, and if tolerated, will encourage other countries to follow their example,” said Ed Black, the president of CCIA, which counts Google, Amazon and Facebook among the companies it represents.

“We should not support a compromise that would green-light discriminatory taxes against US tech companies for some vague promise of possible partial reimbursement years later.”

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