NFTC Applauds USTR Section 301 Investigation into France's Digital Tax

Washington D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) Vice President for Global Trade and Innovation Jake Colvin today issued the following statement following the announcement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) that it would initiate an investigation into the French Government’s digital tax policies:

“NFTC strongly supports today’s move by USTR to investigate France’s unilateral digital tax policy, which amounts to a discriminatory tariff on American technology companies and threatens transatlantic trade ties.

“France’s new digital services tax disproportionately affects innovative American companies while carving out French competitors. The design of this new tax suggests it was tailored specifically to impose a financial burden on successful U.S. companies.

“In light of today’s announcement, we urge the French Government to reconsider its unilateral tax and focus instead on achieving a multilateral consensus to reform global tax rules for the digital age that is underway at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).”

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