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French internet & games consoles tax proposal

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  • 05 April 2016 | Richard Asquith

French internet & games consoles tax proposal

The French Senate last month proposed introducing a €9 annual tax on subscribers to internet services. This tax would be collected by the major internet service providers, which is primarily the state-owned Orange.

It also wants to charge a 2% levy on the sales of TVs and games consoles.

The tax would only be temporary, potentially lasting until on 2022 when new EU-wide proposals may be brought forward.

The tax proposal is aimed at raising funds to help invest in internet-access for poorer elements of society.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.