France Implements Digital Services Tax

By Global Tax Weekly

France is putting into effect its proposal to impose a 3 percent DST on the revenue of revenue of digital companies providing advertising services, businesses selling user data for advertising purposes, and/or providers of intermediation services.

According to reports, France is now collecting its digital services tax from tech firms, with companies having been given notice that their 2020 DST is due.

Under the new French rules, companies with global revenues of EUR750m (USD811m) or more and French sales of at least EUR25m are required to pay the tax, which was approved by the French parliament on July 11, 2019, and applies to turnover realized in France since January 1, 2019.

The collection of DST instalments originally due in April and October 2020 was postponed until December 2020, in a bid to stop the United States from applying retaliatory tariffs on a range of French goods, but given the delay to an international agreement on new digital tax rules, all DST payments due in April and October must be paid in a single lump sum this month.

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