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Public Hearing in the Section 301 Investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax

08/16/2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will hold an off-camera public hearing from 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST on August 19, 2019 in the Section 301 Investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax (DST).

The hearing will take place in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, 1724 F Street NW, Rooms 1 and 2, Washington, DC 20508.

The French DST law imposes a 3% tax on annual revenues generated by some companies that provide certain digital services to, or aimed at, French users. The tax applies only to companies with annual revenues from the covered services of at least €750 million globally and €25 million in France. The services covered are ones where U.S. firms are global leaders. 

USTR initiated the investigation of France’s Digital Services Tax on July 10, 2019, under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. The Federal Register notice regarding the investigation, comment process, and public hearing can be viewed here.

Click here to view the witness list.

NOTE: Media and attendees should note that the hearing is on the record but off-camera; no cameras or video or audio recording will be allowed in the hearing room. A full transcript of the hearing will be posted on USTR.gov and the public docket in the investigation. Please contact media@ustr.eop.gov with questions or for more information on media arrangements.

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