Amazon will pass on the Spanish government’s Google rate to sellers

Digital companies were not hiding from it and Amazon has already fulfilled the threat. The e-commerce giant will begin charging the ‘Google rate’ to companies selling through its platform from April 1st. He said this in an email to sellers, he said on Friday The confidential. Thus, the commission charged by Amazon to these companies will rise by 3%, the same percentage that applies since January 16 the Spanish government with the new tax on the turnover of large technologies.

The company says so explicitly in the message, in which it reports that the rate – which stands at around 15% – will rise to “reflect this additional tax”. Technology has made the same decision in France and Italy, where the respective governments had also decided to increase the taxation of digital companies. Between January and April, while the Spanish executive has not yet approved the regulations and secondary tax legislation, Amazon will assume payment of the fee.

Cabinet approves ‘Google rate’: “Taxation must be adapted to globalization”

The impact of this decision on end consumers is yet to be seen and will depend, in large part, on the financial capacity of companies selling through Amazon. Some may also be forced to pass on the increase in commission to their customers, although a rise in prices may also hurt their positioning, as cheaper products tend to have more visibility.

Digital employers anticipate more grievances

Faced with the move by Amazon, the employer of the Adigital sector has recalled that it has already warned of the drawbacks of approving the ‘Google rate’ in Spain and its negative impact on SMEs that use these platforms as a sales channel. In statements to Europa Press, sources from the business organization have stressed the need for a regulatory and fiscal framework for the digital world that is “consensual” and not “unilateral”. The sector harshly criticized the Pedro Sánchez government for deciding to pass its own tax instead of waiting for the OECD, which had to implement a global version of the tax that it has postponed again until mid-2021.


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