Mark Zuckerberg concedes that Facebook will have to pay more taxes

Meeting at the end of January in Paris under the aegis of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which oversees work on this reform, the tax authorities of 137 countries have undertaken to continue negotiations aimed at adapting the international tax system to ‘re digital.

“We agree that (this reform) could mean that we will have to settle more taxes (…) in different countries in this new framework”, according to the passages, published by Politico, of the speech that Mark Zuckerberg must deliver during from the Munich Security Conference.

“I understand the frustration over the taxation of tech companies in Europe. We also want tax reform and I am delighted that the OECD is examining the subject.”

Contacted its Paris headquarters, the OECD made no comments.

In its current configuration, the international tax system allows, among other things, digital gloves like Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple – often designated by the acronym “Gafa” – the possibility of declaring their profits in countries with low tax rates. companies like Ireland, regardless of the country in which their users are located.

Faced with this phenomenon of tax optimization and in the absence of an international agreement, an increasing number of countries have chosen to introduce a national digital tax.

The European Union wants the G20 to move in this direction and for the file to become its main priority this year.

The finance ministers and central bankers of the first 20 economies of the world meet on February 22 and 23 to discuss, among other things, the work of the OECD in this area.

“Finding plant-wide solutions on the question of the taxation of the digital economy (…) and on those of the erosion of taxation and profit transfers (BEPS) are of the highest importance “, says a document expressing the position of the members of the European Union and Great Britain which left the bloc on January 31.

France has shown the way by introducing its own tax last year, in return collecting threats of commercial reprisals from the United States.

The two countries concluded a fragile truce last month, Paris agreeing to suspend until December the payment of installments due for 2020, pending a possible OECD agreement.

France plans to abandon its national tax as soon as an agreement is reached on an international scale and the French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire, at the forefront in this fight, has repeatedly stated that it will not was not discriminatory since it targeted companies from the United States, China, Europe and even France.

(With Douglas Busvine Berlin, Jan Strupczewski Bruxelles, French version Myriam Rivet and Nicolas Delame, said by Jean-Stphane Brosse)

by Paul Carrel