CNN: Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs. “President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to ‘take advantage’ of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax.”
Middle East Monitor: Egypt plans social media tax . “Egypt plans to impose a tax system on online advertising and social media websites, the New Arab reported the deputy finance minister saying. Riyad Abdel Sattar said that Facebook and Twitter users should pay a monthly registration fee which will enable the state to monitor online activity.”
Reuters: Czech government approves digital tax aimed at internet giants. “The Czech government approved a 7% digital tax proposal on Monday aimed at boosting state coffers by taxing advertising by global internet giants like Google and Facebook, the Finance Ministry said.” The bill still has to go through parliament.”
New York Times: French Government Seeks to Comb Social Media to Fight Tax Fraud. “France’s government is seeking to give the authorities the power to trawl social media for signs of tax avoidance and fraud, according to a provision of the budget 2020 draft law that is being debated in parliament.” French officials have already used Google Maps to find swimming pool tax cheats so this shouldn’t shock anybody.
The State Newspaper: Who owes back taxes in South Carolina? It’s about to go online on a new public website. “A new website will include a public database of people and companies who owe back taxes to the State of South Carolina, according to the Department of Revenue. The online database will include all state tax liens on a public website that anyone can search, according to a press release. The DOR says the website will go live Nov. 1.”
BBC: Lebanon scraps WhatsApp tax as protests rage. “The Lebanese government has backtracked on plans to tax WhatsApp calls as protests rage over the government’s handling of an economic crisis. It had announced a new $0.20 (£0.16) daily charge on voice calls made through Facebook-owned WhatsApp and other similar apps.”
New Indian Express: After France, Italy to slap Internet giants like Amazon, Google with ‘digital tax’. “Italy is to slap internet giants such as Amazon and Google with a three-per cent tax, according to its proposed budget submitted to the European Commission on Wednesday. The tax would be applied to companies with sales of over 750 million euros (USD 830 million), of which at least 5.5 million euros come from services provided in Italy, according to Italian media reports.”