Senator Portman Applauds USTR’s Decision to Open Section 301 Investigation into French Digital Services Tax

July 11, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) decision to open a Section 301 investigation into the new French digital services tax (DST) proposal: 

“The French digital services tax, like similar proposals before it, discriminates against U.S. companies, results in double taxation, and creates new barriers to transatlantic trade. Unilateral actions that target U.S. companies and U.S. revenue represent a dangerous precedent that will only lead to more countries going after other U.S. businesses, many of which support thousands of jobs throughout Ohio. I recognize the need to address the tax challenges presented by today’s global, digitalized economy, but countries should work to address these issues through the ongoing multilateral discussions at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – not through unilateral action and international tax chaos. I am pleased to see USTR launch this investigation into the potential discriminatory nature of this foreign tax, and I hope that other countries considering these unilateral proposals instead focus their efforts on the OECD process.”