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Parliamentary questions
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29 September 2017
Question for written answer E-006108-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Claude Rolin (PPE)

 Subject:  Taxation of Internet giants
 Answer in writing 

At the European summit in Tallinn on 21 September 2017, the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Bruno Le Maire, presented a proposal for a new system of taxation for the Internet giants commonly known by the acronym GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon). These companies are regularly accused of using ‘tax optimisation’ to minimise their tax bill, which entails declaring their income in low-tax jurisdictions such as Ireland or Luxembourg. Whereas corporation tax is currently calculated using companies’ profits, the French proposal intends to levy the tax on the turnover generated in each European country. The Commission also proposed some avenues for reflection at the summit and is due to put forward a legislative proposal in spring 2018.

What does the Commission intend to do to tax these Internet giants more effectively? Will it draw on the French proposal if it proves to be in compliance with the applicable rules in the EU and technically feasible?

Original language of question: FR 
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