Talking Tax - Episode 54 - The European Union and the Digital Economy


Gary D. Sprague of Baker McKenzie joins Talking Tax with host Dolores Gregory for a discussion of the EU’s efforts to tax the “digital economy.”

Gary is a regular contributor to the TM International Journal. In a recent column, he raised concerns about an EU proposal to adopt special rules for taxing companies that engage in business online – one creating a ‘digital’ permanent establishment and the other imposing a special levy on specific transactions – both of which represent a retreat from the arm’s length standard.

In this interview, Gary discusses the problems these proposals raise not just for e-commerce but for all companies that do business across borders.