Grassley, Wyden Statement on USTR Investigation of Digital Services Taxes
Washington – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today released the following joint statement regarding the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) announcement that it has initiated investigations into digital services taxes (DST) that have been adopted or are being considered by a number of U.S. trading partners. According to USTR, the investigations will be conducted under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act.
“The United States Trade Representative is appropriately examining digital services taxes that have been adopted or are being considered by U.S. trading partners. As we have previously stated, these digital services taxes unfairly target and discriminate against U.S. companies. Actions taken by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member states to enact digital services taxes are contrary to the organization’s goals and are counter to the OECD process. We support USTR’s use of the Section 301 investigation process to examine these discriminatory unilateral measures.”