U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Six Countries Over Digital Taxes

The Biden administration on Wednesday moved nearer to imposing tariffs on sure items from six international locations in retaliation for taxes these nations have imposed on digital providers provided by firms like Facebook, Amazon and Google.

The United States finalized an inventory of merchandise that might be topic to tariffs however instantly suspended the levies for 180 days whereas worldwide tax negotiations proceeded.

Under the administration’s announcement, 25 p.c tariffs would apply to about $2.1 billion value of products from Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey.

The Trump administration started investigating these international locations’ digital providers taxes in June 2020, and the Biden administration confronted a one-year deadline to take motion.

The announcement comes as international locations around the globe try to succeed in settlement on a spread of worldwide tax points. Those negotiations are being performed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“The United States is focused on finding a multilateral solution to a range of key issues related to international taxation, including our concerns with digital services taxes,” Katherine Tai, the United States commerce consultant, mentioned in a press release. “The United States remains committed to reaching a consensus on international tax issues through the O.E.C.D. and G20 processes.”

Ms. Tai added that the actions on Wednesday “provide time for those negotiations to continue to make progress while maintaining the option of imposing tariffs” if essential at a later date.

In addition to the six international locations included within the announcement, France has additionally been a goal for potential retaliatory tariffs by the United States over its digital providers tax. The Trump administration deliberate to place in place tariffs on $1.three billion value of French items, together with cosmetics and purses, however in January, it suspended the tariffs indefinitely.