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Addressing the Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy

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The spread of the digital economy poses challenges for international taxation. This report sets out an analysis of these tax challenges. It notes that because the digital economy is increasingly becoming the economy itself, it would not be feasible to ring-fence the digital economy from the rest of the economy for tax purposes. The report notes, however, that certain business models and key features of the digital economy may exacerbate BEPS risks. These BEPS risks will be addressed by the work on the other Actions in the BEPS Action Plan, which will take the relevant features of the digital economy into account. The report also analyses a number of broader tax challenges raised by the digital economy, and discusses potential options to address them, noting the need for further work during 2015 to evaluate these broader challenges and potential options.

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Potential options to address the broader tax challenges raised by the digital economy

This chapter provides an overview of potential options that have been discussed by the Task Force. It then provides a brief framework for evaluating options to address the broader tax challenges raised by the digital economy. Finally, it provides an initial evaluation of the options discussed, along with a description of some of the issues that will need to be addressed in developing and evaluating those options.

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