NEW ZEALAND TO TARGET ONLINE FIRMS LIKE GOOGLE, FACEBOOK AND AMAZON WITH DIGITAL TAX

  • New Zealand plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.
  • Highly digitalized companies currently earn a significant income from New Zealand consumers without being liable for income tax, the government said in a statement released after the announcement.
  • A number of countries including the U.K, Spain, Italy, France, Austria and India have enacted or announced plans for a digital service tax.

New Zealand said on Monday that it plans to update its laws so it can tax revenue earned by multinational digital firms such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, extending a global effort to bring global tech giants into the tax net.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the cabinet had agreed to issue a discussion document about how to update the country’s tax framework to ensure multinational companies pay their fair share.

“Our current tax system is not fair in the way it treats individual tax payers, and how it treats multinationals,” Ardern told reporters at her weekly post-cabinet news conference.

Highly digitalized companies, such as those offering social media networks, trading platforms, and online advertising, currently earn a significant income from New Zealand consumers without being liable for income tax, the government said in a statement released after the announcement.

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