"The failure to cancel debt payments will only delay the tsunami of debt that will engulf many of the world’s poorest countries, leaving them unable to afford the investment in healthcare and social safety nets so desperately needed", said Jaime Atienza, Oxfam International's Debt Policy Lead, in reaction to the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.
EU finance ministers failed to agree on a ‘digital services tax’ that would ensure big tech companies pay a minimum level of tax at a meeting today in Brussels. Instead, France and Germany have presented a watered-down new proposal to only tax online advertisements.
Today's digital tax proposal could help bring EU tax rules into the 21st century, by updating them to the digital economy. However, the European Commission's short-term proposal will not stop tax dodging by big tech firms, and could delay the much-needed global long-term solution.