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PARIS (Reuters) – The European Union ought to press forward with plans for a bloc-wide digital tax in case world talks on the OECD to rewrite worldwide tax guidelines fail, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stated on Wednesday.

G20 finance ministers gave their assist on Wednesday to extending till mid-2021 negotiations to replace cross-border tax guidelines for the digital age after talks floor to a halt following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, and within the face of reticence from Washington because the U.S. presidential election neared.

Le Maire stated his U.S. counterpart Steven Mnuchin was against OECD proposals on digital taxation, which purpose to discourage U.S.-based tech giants like Google (O:), Fb (O:) and Amazon (O:) from legally shifting income to low-tax international locations like Eire.

He added {that a} change of administration in Washington after the Nov. 3 U.S. election wouldn’t essentially result in a change within the U.S. place, though the brand new authorities is perhaps much less aggressive with commerce retaliation.

“Both one accepts an extension once more for months, perhaps years, or one considers that truthful taxes on digital actions are pressing and on this case Europe units the instance,” Le Maire stated.

“We contemplate it indispensable that Europe units an instance and adopts digital taxation as quickly as attainable.”

Within the absence of a worldwide reform of decades-old guidelines on cross-border tax, a rising variety of international locations have adopted France’s lead with plans for their very own nationwide digital companies tax.

Whereas talks had been underway this 12 months, France suspended assortment of its tax till December and Washington suspended till January retaliatory commerce tariffs on French items.

Despite the fact that the talks have been pushed again till mid-2021, Le Maire stated that the French digital companies tax can be collected as deliberate from December.

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