The South Korean government is planning on taxing Google, Apple, Amazon, and other major international technology companies for the sales they generate inside the country.
The government will move quickly to impose taxes on Google, Apple, Amazon and other global IT companies. This follows policymakers and lawmakers paying greater attention to growing criticism that the firms earn billions of dollars in sales here annually but pay no taxes. Naver, Kakao and other domestic companies have been complaining for years about “an uneven playing field,” arguing their foreign rivals should pay corporate income tax on the revenue they generate in Korea.
Corporate taxation has basically been a well-orchestrated sham of loopholes over loopholes put in place through corruption (under the euphemism of “lobbying”) that has gone on so long that most – if not all – multinationals pay little to effectively zero taxes, while smaller, local companies and individuals pay their full taxes. This clearly has to end – if my own small translation company has to pay – say – 20% in taxes over the revenue it generates, so should Apple, Google, and whomever else over the revenue they generate here.
This house of cards has to come tumbling down.
I assume then that South Korean government officials are more interested in growing their own economy than accepting short term brown envelopes full of ‘keep quiet’ cash?
What a novel idea.
Edited 2018-08-02 23:19 UTC
Why does it have to though? Corruption and favoritism are quite sustainable as long as leaders are able to keep up a facade of serving the people. Or in other words, lying and propaganda for the masses works, even if it’s obvious to you and me.
It would be wrong of me to say that 100% of politicians are corrupt, but the unfortunate truth is that those who aren’t corrupt don’t tend to get very far without the support of the very corrupt forces they oppose
Edited 2018-08-03 00:16 UTC
The reason for this is simple and it’s not to do with corruption.
There are global companies, but there are no global controls (no global government)
This effectively means ‘the people’ don’t exist in the ‘higher’ global playing field.
Because of this capitalism simply out maneuvers the lower level controls.