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Digital Tax Plans in U.K., Austria, Spain Unmoved by U.S. Rebuff (1)

Jan. 15, 2021, 11:44 AMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2021, 3:58 PM

Austria, Spain, and the U.K. will not shelve their digital tax rollouts in response to U.S. assertions that they are discriminatory.

The U.S. said Thursday it will add the trio to a list of countries it says are discriminating against American companies by taxing the local revenue of internet giants like Google and Amazon. Spain’s digital tax begins on Saturday, while the U.K. and Austrian taxes are already in effect.

“Our Digital Services Tax is reasonable, proportionate and non-discriminatory,” said a U.K. government spokesperson. “Like numerous countries around the world, we want to make sure tech firms pay their fair ...