Germany’s Finance Ministry denied reports that it refused to support the plan of the European Commission to collect taxes from Apple and other Internet giants.
According to Reuters, the office of the Minister of Finance of Germany Olaf Scholz denied the previous report that mentioned the rejection of plans to collect taxes from Apple, Google and other large technology companies.
“There was no decision taken by the Minister or Ministry of one or more objects”, – said the press service of the Ministry.
Bild newspaper noted that Scholz had abandoned the plan because “demonization” of such firms would be “counterproductive” solution. This report was based on internal documents, but a spokesman for the Ministry said they were mentioned as one of many options.
“The discussion is still ongoing, also among the Finance ministries of Europe and the G7 countries. The Federal government remains committed to ensure fair taxation of Internet companies,” added the spokesman.
The European Union, which German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a leading position, put forward the idea, which requires companies of a certain size to pay taxes around the E. S. and not just in the country in which they are located. This will affect companies with annual income of such giants as Apple, Google and Amazon.
Party Scholz has won the last national election in favor of increasing the taxation of large Internet companies.