DAVOS, Switzerland — France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, stated the United States and France had reached a broad framework for utilizing a plan that was being developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to set digital taxes, however additional talks had been wanted and would happen tomorrow.
The announcement got here a day after the 2 international locations appeared to strike a brief truce in a trans-Atlantic spat, after President Emmanuel Macron agreed to droop a French tax on American technology giants in change for a postponement of threatened retaliatory tariffs on French goods by the Trump administration.
Any tax framework developed by the O.E.C.D should meet sure requirements, Mr. Le Maire stated. “We want the basis to be solid, credible and fair,” he stated, later including that, “There is still some work to be done.”
Further talks had been additionally wanted amongst European nations, he stated. If a deal could possibly be reached on the O.E.C.D., he stated, that may be preferable both to European international locations performing individually or as a gaggle to impose taxes.
“Europe stands united vis-à-vis the U.S.” on the choice for a broadly agreed tax framework as a substitute of every nation imposing its personal taxes, Mr. Le Maire stated.
No remark was instantly obtainable from United States officers. The Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, is predicted to carry a briefing in Davos tomorrow.
There have been detailed technical talks with Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Le Maire’s employees for 2 weeks, in addition to a Sunday night time telephone name between President Trump and Mr. Macron, the finance minister stated.
Mr. Le Maire described the decision between Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron as “decisive,” having reached an settlement that gave extra respiratory room to work out additional particulars.
Mr. Le Maire made clear that the difficulty of digital taxation was removed from resolved.
“We need to address fiscal evasion,” he stated. “We have to address the fact that the biggest companies in the world are making huge profits in Europe and everywhere in the world without paying the due level of taxation because they do not have any physical presence — we have to address that question.”
Liz Alderman contributed reporting from Paris.