in view of the planned introduction of a national digital tax in France, the US is considering government as much as possible.

The US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said in Washington that he had initiated on instructions from President Donald Trump, a study of what the impact of the digital tax on the US trade. Depending on the outcome of this investigation could be duties, possibly, or other trade restrictions against France.

Washington considers the planned French tax to be discriminatory against multi-national companies with headquarters in the USA. Lighthizer said the United States is very concerned that such a levy would unfairly with American companies.

The proposed tax in France, aims to international Internet companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. Are affected consequently, companies have with their digital activities on a worldwide annual turnover of at least EUR 750 million and in France of more than EUR 25 million. You have to pay a three percent tax on online generated advertising revenues. The French national Assembly has already voted for the law plans, on Thursday, the French Senate is to vote on it.

At the EU level had failed, the introduction of a digital tax for Online giants in March. Germany and France had tried until the very last, the controversial digital tax in Europe in a slimmed-down version to enforce.

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