USTR Launches Section 301 Investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 7/10/19 4:57 PM

On July 10, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced the initiation of a Section 301 investigation into France’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

According to the USTR, “[t]he French DST bill would impose a 3% tax on total annual revenues generated by some companies from providing certain digital services to, or aimed at, French users.” The DST would apply to companies with a total annual revenue of at least €750 million globally and €25 million in France. The concern is that the structure of the DST would unfairly target U.S.-based technology companies.

The USTR will issue a Federal Register Notice to provide information on how to provide written comments and on a public hearing at a later date.

 

The USTR’s press release may be found here:

https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2019/july/ustr-announces-initiation-section-301

Topics: USTR, Section 301, France