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France to slap digital tax on Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon from Jan 1

The French government's 'GAFA tax is being introduced to combat attempts by the firms to avoid paying what is considered a 'fair share' of taxes in the country

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With efforts to reform a European Union tax law not bringing the desired results, is going to introduce from January 1, 2019 a on technology giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, the media reported.

The French government's "GAFA" tax" is being introduced to combat attempts by the firms to avoid paying what is considered a "fair share" of taxes in the country, by taking advantage of European tax laws, Appleinsider reported on Monday.

The new tax regime is expected to bring in an estimated 500 million euro ($570 million) to the country's cofferes for 2019, according to French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, The Local Fr said in a report.

Major technology have come under the scrutiny of lawmakers in countries like and Britain for allegedly routing profits through operations in countries with extremely low tax rates or other arrangements.

Earlier this year, the European Commission published proposals for a three per cent tax on the revenues of major tech with global revenues above 750 million euro a year and taxable EU revenue above 50 million euro, the BBC reported.

But to become law, EU tax reforms need the support of all member states. And some countries, including Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland are yet to come on board to bring the reforms.

First Published: Tue, December 18 2018. 11:34 IST
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