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NFTC Statement on French Digital Services Tax

Washington D.C.- National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Vice President for Tax Policy Cathy Schultz today issued the following statement after France's lower house approved a digital services tax bill last Thursday:

"Under the proposal passed in France last week, U.S. companies could be charged up to five percent of gross revenue retroactively to January 1, 2019. This proposal will disproportionately affect U.S. technology exporters by setting a threshold that effectively carves out all French competitors and it undermines the global consensus-based process underway at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

"The NFTC urges the Administration to send a strong message to France that, while we agree that global tax rules must be updated for the digital age, unilateral, discriminatory taxes against U.S. firms are not an appropriate solution."


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Serving America's Global Businesses Since 1914- The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves its member companies through its office in Washington D.C.

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