Israel set to send tax bills to Facebook, Google
November 15, 20174.2K views0 comments
Israel is planning to send tax bills within a year to internet companies, Google and Facebook, financial Media reported on Wednesday.
Isreal is joining efforts by several countries, including the European Union, to get the internet giants to pay more tax.
TheMarker quoted Moshe Asher, the Chairman of Israel’s Tax Authority, as saying work on preparing tax bills had already begun.
The authority is now working on figuring out how to make its calculations.
It will have to decide what percentage of the companies’ profits from their Israeli customers should be taxable in Israel.
“Ultimately, taxes can be charged based on their operations in Israel,” Asher told Media.
“Our goal is to obtain as much data as we can, even if many of these figures are held outside of Israel.
“Within a year we’ll issue these companies tax bills.”
A spokeswoman for the authority confirmed Asher’s comments, while Asher declined to speak further.
Google and Facebook were not immediately available for comment.
The new Israeli policy would come amid a push by the OECD to cut down on international tax avoidance strategies.
The EU has threatened to move ahead alone with tax on internet companies’ turnover.
Asher said that the OECD was appointing an inspection committee.
“We believe in the process and ultimately we’ll be able to issue justified tax bills, even if we’re among the first in the world,” he said.
Israel’s corporate tax rate is 24 per cent of profits with taxes based on whether companies are considered to have a permanent presence in Israel.
However, companies may receive tax breaks for making significant capital investments.
In August 2016, the European Commission ordered Apple to pay Ireland 13 billion euros (15.4 billion dollars) in taxes.