UK publishes draft legislation and guidance on digital services tax


The UK tax authorities on July 11 published draft legislation and draft guidance for a digital services tax (DST) to become effective April 1, 2020. These are available for public consultation until September 5, 2019.

The DST is expected to apply by default at 2% of deemed UK revenues derived in excess of £25m, where the group’s total global revenues from in-scope activities exceed £500m. Revenues are considered from in-scope activities if derived in connection with providing users with search engine, online marketplace, or social media services, and include revenues from associated advertising businesses. Thus, UK revenues in scope are those linked to UK users but may not be derived from UK sources, and businesses conducting in-scope activities may need to perform complex allocations.

More information can be found via this link.