Room does not want European taxes on internet giants

If it is up to the House of Representatives, there will be no European tax for large companies such as Facebook and Google for the time being. A majority believes that taxation is up to the Member States themselves

A letter is sent to the European Commission. The House doubts the added value of a European policy in relation to a national approach, says Juncker in a draft letter.

In March, the European Commission proposed a uniform tax rate of 3 percent to companies such as Google, Facebook, Airbnb and Uber to pay more tax. The European Commission believes that this type of internet giants now pay too little turnover tax.

Companies do not have to pay sales tax in every country where they are active online. So they often settle in the country where they have to pay little money. According to the EU, for example, Apple paid only 0.005 percent tax in 2014 thanks to an agreement with the Irish state

Yellow card

VVD, PVV, SP, Party for the Animals, 50Plus, Forum for Democracy and SGP voted for it sending a critical letter to the European Commission. It states that the House of Representatives judges negative about one European tax for the digital economy. The VVD does believe that internet companies should be taxed, but sees that many member states can come up with solutions even without European interference. “Like the French tax on visual content and the Hungarian tax on advertisements,” the party writes in the draft letter.

GroenLinks, like the CDA, D66 and the PvdA, does have one European tax. “In view of the cross-border dimension of digital activity, an EU initiative is necessary: ​​if each Member State unilaterally and at its own discretion starts to interfere, national policies may conflict,” is the GroenLinks position.

The letter from the House of Representatives goes against the cabinet position. D66 State Secretary Snel is, however, in favor of a European tax for digital companies.

If one third of the national parliaments of the EU member states negatively assess the European Commission's proposal, the European Commission receives a 'yellow card'. They must then reconsider the plan.

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