Italy to institute a ‘web tax’ on Apple and all digital companies

Giuseppe Fonte for Reuters:

Italy is readying a new tax on digital companies in its 2020 budget, as it seeks alternative revenues that will allow it to scrap a scheduled increase in sales tax, two coalition sources told Reuters on Monday.

The levy will oblige multinational web-based giants to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions, the sources said, adding that some changes were possible due to ongoing negotiations among the ruling parties.

The scheme is expected to yield around 600 million euros each year, and will apply to companies with annual global revenues worth at least 750 million euros and digital services exceeding 5.5 million euros in Italy.

The new scheme will take effect from January, sources said. It will operate under a “self-assessment taxation regime” by which the companies submit a calculation of the amount owed. This will be subject to possible checks by the Italian authorities.

MacDailyNews Take: Oh, it’s a “scheme,” alright.

You can’t tax business. Business doesn’t pay taxes. It collects taxes. ― Ronald Reagan

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. ― Frédéric Bastiat


  1. So, if businesses don’t pay taxes, why do we allow them to consume government services? I can pretty much guarantee that if one of these companies is embezzled, they will expect the police and courts to investigate and prosecute.

      1. Most “illegal aliens” pay more in taxes than some of the corporations you are worried about, and they consume rather less taxpayer funded services. My issue is with those who complain about taxes but never, ever blush at absorbing public funds.

        1. A large percentage of illegal aliens pay ZERO taxes.
          Total Tax Contributions by ILLEGAL ALIENS – 19 billion.
          Total COST of ILLEGAL ALIENS – $135 Billion.

          ILLEGAL ALIENS, I.E. PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY have a total net cost to the nation of $116 Billion.

          California the “sanctuary state,” the jewel in the American leftist crown, which is number 1 in homelessness, number 1 in poverty, is paying out 23 billion a year alone to support illegal immigration. 26% of California’s population are foreign-born. Interestingly, in certain districts, such as that of Maxine Waters, noted bat shit crazy Democrat, the number is so high that indeed, Ms. Waters serves at the behest of mostly people from another country. Talk about foreign influence on elections. While her district is high in poverty, Ms. Waters lives in mansion in an exclusive enclave of California. Next time you see this bozo bouncing around on MSNBC screaming racist and impeachment, think about these things.

          ILLEGAL ALIEN – Simple English term for people living in a country illegally, no matter how much Orwellian Doublespeak leftists throw at it.

          1. Are you under the impression that undocumented residents do not pay sales taxes on their purchases or directly or indirectly pay property taxes on their residences, or that they do not pay the same fees for utilities and government services as Americans with comparable incomes?

            Study after study has shown that the total tax burden on poor individuals is higher than on the rich, particularly in states without an income tax. Most studies suggest that the economic benefits to America from immigrants far outweigh the costs (even if fruit pickers don’t pay a lot of income tax, their employers do, and so do all the other people who wouldn’t have jobs if the farms closed for lack of workers).

            In any case, it is absurd to suggest that because Juan Flores does not pay income tax, it is OK that Netflix, Amazon, Chevron, Delta Airlines, Eli Lilly, General Motors, Gannett, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Halliburton, IBM, Jetblue Airways, Principal Financial,, US Steel, and Whirlpool paid no income tax either.

          2. A lot more USA citizens pay ZERO taxes than illegal aliens do and they consume a lot more social services and government assistance than those illegals do.

            Illegals that have jobs get almost zero from the feds. No Medicare, Medicaid, social security, food stamps, section 8, etc. Did you know which states are the worst and back far more than they pay? Dirt poor and more red than blood.

            Ms Waters personal finances and how big her house is irrelevant and your smart mouthed hypocrisy fools no one. Should we start going down the list of Republicans in Congress worth tens of millions or more who represent did poor poverty stricken constituents while living far more comfortably than Maxine Waters?

            Despite having read your tantrums here for a long time I am still amazed by your hypocrisy and arrogance.

          3. Perhaps finding better ways to integrate into society instead of further alienating said “illegal aliens” would be a bigger benefit to the USA, after all every American apart from Native Americans are in fact “illegal aliens”.

        2. Of course, that is an unpopular notion these days. Remember the Presidential Debate when one candidate bragged about paying less taxes than an average American wage-earner “Because I’m smart”?

          Same guy that avoided service in Vietnam and mocked the POW/MIAs who did. Same guy who took credit by tweet today for personally “defeating 100% of ISIS” at the cost of 6 deaths for the US and 11,000 for our Kurdish allies and then excused greenlighting their massacre by saying, and I honest to God am not joking,

          “Anyone who wants to assist Syria in defending the Kurds is good with me, whether it is Russia, China, or Napoleon Bonaparte.”

          He thinks that setting off a train of events that will drive Syria and Iraq deeper Into the arms of Russia and Iran, while simultaneously alienating the country that anchored the eastern flank of NATO, Is a goddam joke.

          I am not laughing, and neither are countries like Italy that are tired of the corporate American arrogance that expects a free ride on the taxpayers’ backs.

          1. If so called “welfare mothers” are to be criticized for taking advantage of the system, then this candidate (since elected*) is the most successful welfare mother of all time.

            And yes, the sellout of the Kurds is beyond a national disgrace.

            Well said.

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