EU finance ministers will discuss a crackdown on the non-payment of tax by travel and tourism platform businesses such as Airbnb next month.

The European Commission confirmed that a meeting of ministers in Tallinn on September 16 will debate a joint proposal by France and Germany on how to ensure the tax paid by Airbnb and similar businesses matches the volume and value of transactions.

French finance minister Bruno le Maire described the current situation as “unacceptable”, telling the French National Assembly: “These digital platforms make tens of millions of sales and the French treasury gets a few tens of thousands.”

He said “new momentum” was needed, arguing: “All companies need to pay their fair share in tax in all the countries they operate in. That’s not the case today.

“It’s time to change gear. We want the EU to take the lead, and France is ready to put forward some ambitious ideas.

Read more at Travolution.

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