The Italian Parliament passed what is being called the “Google tax” on Tuesday. The tax forces companies in Italy that are looking to get advertising online to use companies that are locally registered. This means that those companies in Ireland, Luxembourg, and Bermuda will no longer be options, according to Bloomberg.
This new tax is somewhat less strict than a previously reduced one which taxed items bought online in a similar manner. That rule was cut down on by Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italian Prime Minister’s Democratic Party. Now this newest rule has been receiving a fair amount of serious criticism from those looking at it as a legal issue, or as a revenue producer.
It is “the wrong answer to the right problem. It’s driven by finding excuses for the Italian government’s fiscal laziness and fiscal profligacy, and needing new tax revenues — and the second thing is to protect the interest of traditional publishers,” said Carlo Alberto Carnevale-Maffe, professor of strategy in Milan, to Bloomberg.