The European Union published proposals Wednesday for a 3 percent Digital Turnover Tax on the European B2B revenues of digital giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (termed GAFA in Europe), Uber and Airbnb.
Amazon has informed its third-party sellers whose products are stored in its facilities in Massachusetts that it will be providing information to the state tax authority in what is believed to be a first for the company.
Amazon.com Inc. will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to the Italian tax authorities for the period of 2011-2015 in a settlement that closes the fiscal probe by the country’s tax police, Italy’s Revenue Agency said in an emailed statement Friday.
Amazon.com Inc. was slapped with a European Union order to pay 250 million euros ($294 million) plus interest in back taxes to Luxembourg as the world’s biggest online retailer became the latest U.S. giant to run afoul of the bloc’s tough rules on government subsidies.
The European Commission will outline on Thursday different options for taxing digital companies as the 28-nation bloc seeks to raise money from an industry that it says provides less than it should to public coffers.
Donald Trump attacked the entity he referred to as the “AmazonWashingtonPost” in a tweet Wednesday morning, the latest attempt by the president to cast Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’s ownership of the Washington Post in a nefarious light.
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