Higher taxes for tech giants shouldn’t be delayed, says EU Commissioner – CNET

Watch your heads, tech titans! Digital taxation may be incoming.

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Heftier taxation for the biggest US tech companies is on the horizon in Europe as top officials mull the introduction of a digital tax.

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on Monday that Europe should lead the way on introducing a tax (aimed at Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) if a global consensus on the issue can't be reached.

"We are becoming an increasingly digital world and it will be a huge problem if we do not find a way to raise (digital) taxes," she told France Inter Radio in an interview. "The best thing is a global solution. But if we want to obtain results in a reasonable period of time, Europe must take the lead,"

Vestager has a reputation in Europe for unapologetically challenging Silicon Valley companies, issuing them with huge fines and getting them to change their practices and policies where they come into conflict with local competition law.

A tax designed to encourage the big four tech companies to pay a bigger share in all the territories where they operated has been a point of discussion for some time in Europe. France is already in the process of introducing its own national digital tax, after becoming impatient with the pace of change within the EU.

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