WSJ: Risk for Facebook and Google stocks

It looks like things are going to get harder for FB and GOOG. Gist of the article is that all other countries will follow EU with fines on these two. Google is a great company but it seems to be a risky investment now.

Facebook, Google May Face Billions in New Taxes Across Asia, Latin America

Europe’s proposal to impose a new tax on tech giants is inspiring other governments

Dozens of countries are stepping up efforts to levy new taxes on technology giants such as Alphabet Inc. GOOGL -1.80% and Facebook Inc., FB -3.70% hoping to capture revenue from digital services as economic activity increasingly shifts online.

Inspired by European Union proposals to impose a tax based on the revenue of tech companies rather than their profit, South Korea, India and at least seven other Asian-Pacific countries are exploring new taxes. Mexico, Chile and other Latin American countries too are contemplating new taxes aimed at boosting receipts from foreign tech firms.

Such taxes, which are separate from corporate income taxes many companies already pay, are broadly known as digital taxes and could add billions of dollars to companies’ tax bills. They seek to impose levies on digital services sold by global companies in a given country from units based outside that country. In some cases, the proposed taxes target services involving the collection of data about local residents, such as targeted online advertising.


Sell AMZN, FB, GOOG and NFLX. Buy AAPL :rofl:

AAPL needs to pay that tax too. It’s like an AMT for companies.

iCloud? Apple Music? What else?