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    MIAMI, FL – August 27, 2019 – Attorney Ruben N. Gotlieb, a shareholder in GrayRobinson’s Miami and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices, was quoted in the Law360 article, “States, Int’l Govt’s Can Lean On Each Other for Digital Taxes.” In the article,Ruben provides insight on the convergence in state and foreign governments’ tax structures as they adapt to the growing digital economy­– suggesting increasing similarities among taxing regimes.

    A new international digital tax plan, France’s new digital services tax and the influence of the landmark Wayfair case in the U.S. Supreme Court highlight ways the digital economy is encouraging convergence between international and state tax regimes.

    Just as Wayfair allowed U.S. states to jettison physical presence, OECD countries now want to get around permanent establishment. “The French digital services tax, which taxes gross receipts instead of income, is a good example,” Ruben clarifies. “What France has done, a number of other countries have been considering, including the United Kingdom, Austria, and Spain.”

    Ruben emphasizes the potential challenges of taxing digital goods, as it is still in its infancy. He explains, “There haven’t been many controversies over specific issues arising with digital taxation that could serve as a road map for authorities on gray areas–though that could be coming soon.”

    For now, authorities can look to each other on how to use a global approach to apply tax rules to a digital world, in which transactions will be increasingly conducted in the cloud, instead of on the ground. Read the full article here.


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