Amazon will affect the companies that sell the digital rate of 3% approved last October by the Spanish Government on its platform. The so-called “Google rate” was designed to tax that percentage to companies engaged in online advertising, online intermediation or data sales with revenues of more than 750 million euros worldwide and 3 million in Spain, an assumption in the one that fits the company led by Jeff Bezos.
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However, Amazon has already warned the companies that sell on its website that they will pay for it, according to El Confidencial advances and has confirmed elDiario.es.
Specifically, Amazon will increase the commission it charges its sellers by 3%, which it calls the “referral fee.” In the example sent to collaborators, Amazon makes the following calculation: if you sell a product for 100 euros and until now you paid 15% (15 euros), from April 1 you will pay 15.45%. That is, 15.45 euros. The increase is 3% from 15%. That 15% commission is not fixed: it varies depending on the product or seller. Suppliers on Amazon will be able to choose whether to assume it or pass it on to the consumer.
Amazon has communicated the change to its sellers through an email entitled “Upcoming changes in rates in Spain after the introduction of the tax on certain digital services.” The tax came into force on January 16 and will not be settled until April, at which time the multinational will begin to pass it on. The decision is consistent with what has been done in other countries with similar rates, such as France or Italy.
Amazon belongs to the Spanish association of digital companies, Adigital, which has always positioned itself against the “Google rate”. In October, when it was approved, this association published a statement with its position in which it warned of the “harsh consequences” for the Spanish economy that this “unilateral application” of the tax would have “without waiting for an agreed solution at the international level.”
“The digital tax will lead to a strong loss of productivity, competitiveness and innovation in Spanish companies,” he said. “Adigital is committed to a solution designed and agreed on a global scale”. In a statement sent to the media this Friday, Amazon Spain expresses itself in the same terms and emphasizes that the tax will harm Spanish companies and not itself. “Like many others, we have urged the government to seek a global solution on the taxation of the digital economy at the OECD level instead of imposing unilateral taxes, so that the rules are consistent in all countries and clearer and fairer for the Business. As we have indicated previously, the way in which the Government has designed Tax on Certain Digital Services will directly affect the companies that use our services. ”
The Government intended to collect 1,200 million euros with this tax, although later AIReF lowered its estimate and calculated that it would collect between 564 and 968 million euros.