De­tails sought on plans for Dig­i­tal Tax

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

DE­TAILS on any Gov­ern­ment plans to in­tro­duce a Dig­i­tal Tax were sought in the Dáil by Labour Party leader Bren­dan Howlin. There may be no OECD so­lu­tion and many in­di­vid­ual coun­tries are plan­ning uni­lat­er­ally to in­tro­duce such a tax, he said.

‘The UK an­nounced in the pre­vi­ous budget the in­tro­duc­tion of a 2% dig­i­tal ser­vices tax,’ he said.

‘Spain and Italy are pur­su­ing their own mea­sure and France and Ger­many have pro­posed a levy from 2020.

‘This is a tax on the turnover of multi­na­tion­als. It is com­ing down the tracks and will ei­ther be in­tro­duced by agree­ment across the OECD, which it is hoped will be the case, or it will be done uni­lat­er­ally.’

In re­ply, Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar said the Gov­ern­ment cer­tainly is con­cerned about Dig­i­tal Tax in the con­text of our sovereignty.

‘Our view is that tax is a na­tional com­pe­tence and we would not like a Dig­i­tal Tax to lead to other pro­pos­als such as a com­mon con­sol­i­dated cor­po­rate tax base, CCCTB, which we do not sup­port. That said, ours is not an ab­so­lutist po­si­tion.’

An Taoiseach, Leo Varad­kar.

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