This past Monday, the Trump administration announced the United States may impose duties of 100% on $2.4 billion in imports from France of items including champagne, handbags, and cheese in response to France’s 3% tax on digital services earned by companies with more than $27 million in French revenue and 750 million euros worldwide.
The US opposition to the tax has bipartisan support, with top Republican and top Democrat Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden claiming “the French digital services tax is unreasonable, protectionist and discriminatory.”
French officials counter by saying the digital tax is not aimed specifically at US technology companies, but rather any digital firm.
The public is able to submit public comments through January 14th on the proposed tariffs and a public hearing is scheduled for January 7th.
If you have any questions how the proposed duties may impact your business, contact experienced trade attorney David Hsu by phone/text at 832-896-6288 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.