ministry was in the early stage of studying such a move, the
weekly publication added.
This move could entail treating payments for online
advertisements in the same way as license fee payments, which
would make the German companies subject to withholding tax being
The German companies, which choose to place online
advertisements, will have to recover this withholding tax from
the internet firms as the revenue would be their original tax
liability, the report said.
The detour via German customers would be necessary because the
tax system has no access to platform operators based abroad.
The finance ministry had confirmed the plans, but stressed there
was no agreement on how to proceed between federal finance
authorities and individual states, the magazine reported.
(Reporting by Vera Eckert, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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