In response to the continuing and extensive digitalization of the economy and increasing calls by countries to tax the income of technology companies that earn revenue in a market without necessarily having a traditional physical presence in that market, USCIB sent a letter on October 4 to Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. The letter urges Secretary Mnuchin to continue to work with the OECD and other countries to achieve the best outcome for U.S. taxpayers, the U.S. Treasury, and the U.S. economy.
“USCIB believes that any fundamental changes to the international tax rules should be achieved through a consensus-based process,” said USCIB Vice President for Taxation Policy Carol Doran Klein.
According to USCIB’s letter, the best place to conduct a consensus-based process is at the OECD where over 130 countries are participating in a project to attempt to achieve consensus on possible new rules applicable to the broad digitalized economy. The United States Treasury has, to date, been an active participant in this project, including serving as vice-chair of the steering group.