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Zuckerberg to say Facebook will accept more taxes, accept new rules

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to deliver remarks on Saturday in Germany, expressing his company's acceptance of having to pay more taxes under global tax reforms.

“I understand that there’s frustration about how tech companies are taxed in Europe. We also want tax reform and I’m glad the OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] is looking at this,” excerpts of Zuckerberg's speech read, Reuters reports.

“We want the OECD process to succeed so that we have a stable and reliable system going forward. And we accept that may mean we have to pay more tax and pay it in different places under a new framework,” he added.

Last month, the OECD reported the government officials have agreed to draft a new set of tax rules that would dictate where taxes should be paid and the percentage of profit that should be taxed.

At the moment, tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon are able to file taxes in countries with low tax rates, even though they operate globally.

For example, in the U.K., Facebook only paid $37.2 million in corporation tax in 2018 but made a record $2.1 billion in British sales that year.

President Trump has threatened retaliatory trade tariffs if new digital taxes are levied, as the White House views them as discriminatory against the U.S.'s big tech companies.


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