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As of November 2021, all of the investigations into digital services taxes are terminated. No tariffs are in effect due to these investigations.

On June 2, 2020 the Trump administration announced Section 301 investigations into digital services taxes adopted or under consideration by Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

History of Terminations

In March 2021, USTR terminated the investigations of Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union, and Indonesia because those jurisdictions did not implement the DSTs under consideration.

In January 2021, USTR found that the Digital Service Taxes adopted by India, Italy, Turkey, Austria, France, Spain and the United Kingdom each discriminate against US companies and burden or restrict US commerce. Although USTR announced their intent to impose additional tariffs, those tariffs were suspended to provide additional time to complete ongoing multilateral negotiations. 

On October 21, 2021, the US reached a deal with Austria, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. These countries agreed to withdraw their national digital services taxes and the US agreed to terminate the currently-suspended additional tariffs on goods from those countries. The Section 301 Digital Services Tax investigations of Austria, France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom were terminated on November 18, 2021.

In November 2021, the US reached the same deal as above with with Turkey and India and terminated those Section 301 trade actions in December 2022. 

Official Documents

Contact

Email Nicole Bivens Collinson (nbc@strtrade.com) or Kristen Smith (ksmith@strtrade.com) for more information.

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