Norway-based marketplaces operator Adevinta is disputing the Spanish tax authority’s assessment that it is liable to pay €18.0 million ($19.5 million U.S.) in digital services tax, 20Minutos reports. This figure covers the period between 2021 — the year in which the tax came into force — and 2023. 

This tax (colloquially known as the “Google tax”) is levied on 3% of all income generated in Spain in three areas — digital advertising, marketplace intermediation and data transmission — for companies with annual revenue of more than €750 million and local sales of more than €3.0 million. 

The point of dispute relates to the exact services covered by the tax, with Adevinta maintaining that its “current interpretation” points to the non-inclusion of some services, but it does not specify which. The company adds that the application of the tax “is surrounded by a high degree of uncertainty.” 

Adevinta is embroiled in a similar dispute with the tax authorities in France. The introduction of digital services taxes is part of a broad push by the OECD’s 38 member countries to establish a global minimum tax rate for multinational tech companies.

Adevinta Spain operates such marketplaces as Coches.net, Motos.net, Milanuncios, Fotocasa and InfoJobs. Parent company Adevinta was recently acquired by a consortium led by private equity firms Blackstone and Permira.

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