Skip to Content

Austrian Chancellor Kurz. Wikipedia

Austria follows France in GAFA tax on tech giants

Austria is following in the footsteps of at least one other European nation in taxing American tech giants. The country is looking to impose a specialized tech tax on mega companies such as Amazon, Apple, and Facebook.

Published: January 12, 2019, 9:53 am

    Read more

    Vienna

    France has already taken action on a national level to impose a tax rather than wait for an EU-wide agreement to come into force.

    Two weeks ago, French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced the new GAFA – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon – tax would take effect on January 1. France hopes to generate as much as 500 million euros in the first year from the tech tax.

    Germany had previously denied a newspaper report it would begin implementing a 3 percent tech tax. Le Maire however has continued to pressure Germany into legislating a tax.

    According to Le Maire, “a small- or medium-sized company in an EU country such as France, Germany or Italy was paying 14 percentage points more in tax than Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple. If we are incapable of re-establishing a fair tax system, of taxing the digital giants, we will pay for it at the ballot box”.

    This week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the country will be following suit, and no longer wait for an EU-wide agreement.

    “In addition to an EU-wide move, we’ll also act on a national level. We will introduce a digital tax in Austria. The aim is clear — to tax companies that generate huge profits online, but pay hardly any tax on them, such as Facebook or Amazon,” Kurz said.

    It is expected to bring about 200 million euros to Austria’s state budget.

    According to Deutsche Welle, the European Commission estimates that tech firms pay an estimated 9 percent on profits, as compared to 23 percent for traditional companies.

    EU countries may soon see the introduction of an international digital revenue levy, to tackle tax avoidance of big technology firms. The plan was initiated by Austria which presided over the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018.

    Germany has meanwhile been mired in a data hack scandal, after details about hundreds of German politicians, celebrities and public figures was published online via a Twitter account in one of the largest leaks in the country’s history.

    A 20-year-old student who disclosed the private data of some 1 000 public figures, also holds anti-Muslim views, German media reported on Friday. Spiegel reported that the suspect said that the AfD party would not be able to get rid of all the migrants and firmer action would be needed.

    A 19-year-old witness interviewed in the case, Jan Schuerlein, told broadcaster ARD that the suspect was “not right-wing extremist, but he had a big problem with the migrants and migrant policy”.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Sweden: Immigrant child rapist commits 600 crimes – avoids deportation

    In May, the immigrant Bekim Dzelili was initially sentenced by the district court to 13 years in prison and deportation for life. He was found guilty of repeated aggravated child rape, the aggravated sexual abuse of a child, assault and unlawful threats. But the Swedish Court of Appeal has since reduced his prison sentence by one year and has canceled the deportation - the perpetrator may remain in Sweden because he has a "weak connection to his home country".

    Lampedusa: Landings intensify with migrants testing positive for Covid-19

    RomeImages of an illegal migrant landing that took place on 28 July on the most popular beach among shocked tourists and holiday makers, was broadcast by Italian CorriereTV. But the government is instead concerned about the politician who had tried to stop these illegal landings.

    Video: Sweden has knife violence, name changes, culture wars and a housing shortage

    Sweden used to be a 'model society'. But no more.

    German churches celebrate migrant crisis as a success

    MunichThe two large churches in Germany have drawn a positive interim assessment of the 2015 wave of migrants. Around half of those who came at the time are being trained or have jobs today, said the Council President of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.

    Erdogan and Islam: Religion as Trojan Horse for political influence in Germany

    IstanbulYesterday, the first official Islamic Friday prayer took place at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The controversy of the re-conversion of the former Christian Orthodox cathedral into a mosque is also hotly being discussed in Europe.

    Swedish broadcaster TV4 edits interview to hide immigrant knife violence

    StockholmOn July 20, Swedish TV4 interviewed criminologist Tage Alalehto, who in the segment says that one explanation for the increased number of stabbings in the country could be "ethnic, xenophobic moods". But that was not really what he had said on camera.

    Will the death of Axelle Dorier in France ignite the identity powder keg?

    LyonSince the tragic death of the young French caregiver Axelle Dorier, ethnic tensions have redoubled in force on social networks.

    German Army infiltrated by Turkish agents?

    BerlinAccording to media reports, four Bundeswehr soldiers of Turkish origin are suspected of being members of the extremist Turkish organisation Grey Wolves. They are also suspected of collaborating with the Turkish secret service MIT.

    US State Department recruited and trained French race activists

    ParisThe United States began to reach out to ethnic and racial minorities in France with the blessing of the American embassy in Paris.

    Czech government supports constitutional right to armed self-defense

    PragueThe Czech government supports the constitutional right of citizens to arm themselves for self-defense. The proposed amendment aims to counter the disarmament drive of the European Union.

    Go to archive