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Parliamentary questions
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20 December 2018
Question for written answer E-006401-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Alfred Sant (S&D)

 Subject:  Digital taxation
 Answer in writing 

In its answer to Question E-005337/2018, the Commission states that its ‘interim solution’ is ‘carefully targeted’ and ‘easy to implement’, and will ‘help to level the playing field with non-digitalised businesses in the interim period’.

Nonetheless, the digital economy is, precisely, not easily distinguishable from the rest of the global economy, as the entire economy is digitalised. The OECD has stressed that it would be unmanageable to separate the digital economy from the rest of the economy in order to tax it separately(1). Any such tax would be discriminatory and would not appear to respect sound taxation principles.

Can the Commission provide evidence that such a tax would be simple, neutral and transparent?

(1)OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project, ‘Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy’, 16 September 2014.

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