French, U.S. finance chiefs concur to press cross-border tax reform

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and his new U.S. counterpart Janet Yellen agreed to seek an intercontinental arrangement on new procedures for taxing multinational enterprises, the U.S. Treasury and French finance ministry explained following the two spoke on Thursday.

Paris and Washington clashed in the course of the Trump administration about France’s tax on digital support providers and in excess of reluctance from Yellen’s predecessor Steven Mnuchin to shift forward on talks to overhaul the guidelines for taxing cross-border commerce.

“The Secretary committed to re-have interaction actively in the ongoing OECD discussions on global taxation to forge a well timed international accord,” the U.S. Treasury claimed in a statement issued right after the very first get in touch with in between Yellen and Le Maire because she took business on Tuesday.

France’s Finance Ministry stated the two “agreed on the have to have to uncover multilateral methods to lots of of the problems struggling with the international economy, such as addressing the tax difficulties of proficiently and equitably taxing the profits of multinational corporations.”

The exact language has appeared in Treasury statements issued soon after Yellen’s phone calls with British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz. In all 3 phone calls, Yellen emphasised cooperation in “ending the pandemic, supporting a sturdy global financial restoration, fighting income inequality and forcefully addressing the danger of local weather change,” the Treasury mentioned.

Virtually 140 international locations have agreed to rewrite, by mid 2021, the rules about how organizations are taxed exterior their household nations to acquire into account the increase of major digital companies like Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

Le Maire and Yellen also spoke about the have to have to minimize trade tensions in between Europe and the United States, which flared throughout the Trump administration.

The French minister in individual raised the subject matter of U.S. trade sanctions on French wine growers that the Trump administration had set in place over a very long-operating aircraft subsidies dispute.

Reporting by Leigh Thomas in Paris and David Lawder in Washington Enhancing by Bernadette Baum and Sonya Hepinstall