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Digital Taxation

Our experts are providing leading analysis of proposals to tax revenues from digital activities around the world. As several European countries and even U.S. states continue to work towards implementing digital services tax (DSTs) policies, the uncertainty for the firms affected by these taxes will continue to rise. The posts below review the evidence that has been gathered on the impact of digital services tax (DSTs) policies, including our responses to OECD Public Consultation Documents.

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