France is trying to squeeze more out of web businesses like EBay Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Airbnb Inc.
Soaring online sales and the use of the Internet giants by smaller businesses as a marketplace for goods and services is prompting the French Senate to look for ways to collect more taxes from them and help Francois Hollande’s government narrow its budget gap.
French online sales may grow nearly 10 percent this year to 62 billion euros ($70 billion), according to the FEVAD, the country’s e-commerce business group.
The Senate’s finance committee wants the state to get a bigger slice of that pie through value-added taxes, customs levies and a crackdown on companies using bases in fiscally favourable countries to do business in France.
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