June 10, 2020 / 2:06 PM / a month ago

UPDATE 1-Czech coalition agrees 5% digital tax aimed at global internet giants -CTK

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PRAGUE, June 10 (Reuters) - The two Czech ruling coalition parties agreed on Wednesday to introduce a 5% digital tax on the local revenues of global internet giants such as Amazon and Google, news agency CTK quoted Labour Minister Jana Malacova as saying on Wednesday.

The government has long planned to impose the tax on firms with global revenue over 750 million euros ($853 million)annually, 100 million crowns ($4.28 million) turnover in the Czech market and more than 200,000 user accounts. It was not immediately clear if any of those parameters would change.

The initial plan was to impose a 7% tax on big tech companies’ local revenues from targeted advertising, digital marketplace provision and user data sales despite opposition from the United States where the biggest firms are based.

The Czech Republic would follow other countries in Europe with its digital tax after the European Union failed to reach a bloc-wide agreement. The Czech legislation is still subject to parliamentary approval.

The U.S. Trade Representative's office said earlier in June the country was investigating digital services taxes being adopted or considered by Britain, Italy, Brazil and other countries, including the Czech Republic.

The Czech government has said the tax would remain in place until there is an agreement on a solution among countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). ($1 = 23.3910 Czech crowns) ($1 = 0.8790 euros) (Reporting by Jan Lopatka;Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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