April 9, 2021

USTR announces next steps of Section 301 digital services taxes investigation

USTR announces next steps of Section 301 digital services taxes investigation

On March 26, 202, the US Trade Representative announced the next steps in its Section 301 investigations of Digital Services Taxes (DSTs) adopted by Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  It was determined in January 2021 that these countries were subject to action under Section 301 as they discriminated against US digital companies, were inconsistent with principles of international taxation and burdened US companies.  The USTR is proceeding with public notice and comment process on possible trade actions to preserve procedural options before the conclusion of the statutory one-year time period for completing the investigations.

Originally, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union and Indonesia were considered in the investigation.  However, as they have not adopted nor implemented the DSTs, the USTR is terminating these four investigations without further proceedings.

For more information regarding Section 301 DST investigations please use the below link:https://ustr.gov/about-us/policy-offices/press-office/press-releases/2021/march/ustr-announces-next-steps-section-301-digital-services-taxes-investigations

Please reach out to Crane Trade Services should you have any questions regarding this matter.  They can be reached at CWTSConsulting@craneww.com.


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