Do Digital Services Taxes Unfairly Target U.S. Internet Companies?

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW Suite 610A
Washington, DC 20005

There has been a global consensus for nearly a century that countries should tax multinational companies in the jurisdictions where they create value, not where they generate sales. But that consensus has begun to fall apart as digitalization has made it easier to serve regional markets remotely and Internet companies have successfully capitalized on the opportunity. A growing number of countries, from the United Kingdom and France to Chile and Australia, are now looking to impose “digital services taxes” (DSTs) on a select few of these Internet companies—mostly American—on the dubious theory that users are creating a significant share of their value, so their profits should be taxed where their users reside. Does this push for DSTs represent a legitimate reaction to a business model that merits special treatment, or is it just an attempt to grab revenue from high-profile U.S. Internet companies in potential violation of longstanding tax or trade agreements?

Please join ITIF for an expert panel discussion on the implications of DSTs for the digital economy and international tax law. ITIF Senior Fellow Joe Kennedy will present findings from an ITIF report on the subject, and respondents will comment on arguments for and against DSTs as well as their significance to broader efforts to reform multinational tax law.

The event will be livestreamed. 

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Joe Kennedy
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Barbara Angus
Leader of Global Tax Policy
Ernst & Young
Daniel Bunn
Director of Global Projects
Tax Foundation
Freddie Wootton
Second Secretary, Economic at Foreign and Commonwealth
British Embassy