British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will push ahead with plans to impose new taxes on companies such as Us Internet giants Facebook and Google, which will pit him against US President Donald Trump,media said. Mr. Trump has threatened to retaliate against France’s digital tax plan. “As far as the digital services tax is concerned, I am sure we need to look at the operations of the big tech companies, the huge revenues they make in this country, and the taxes we pay,” Johnson said, according to Reuters on December 4. “
“We need to figure this out. They need to pay more reasonable taxes. “
Mr Johnson’s Conservatives have reportedly promised to tax digital services on revenues from companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon if they win this month’s general election.
Under the plan, from April 2020, technology companies with annual global revenues of more than 500 million pounds (about 9.2 yuan) will pay 2% tax on the revenues they earn from UK users.
In an interview with ITV on December 5, Mr Johnson said he believed that taxing big technology companies and negotiating trade deals with the US was “not impossible” and that the real situation would not be for the UK to tax in a very discriminatory way, if it did, it would inevitably trigger a trade war.