(CNN Business) The US government announced new, suspended tariffs on Wednesday against six countries in response to those governments' digital services taxes, the office of the US Trade Representative said.
The six countries subject to the tariffs, which are set at 25% on about $2 billion worth of goods, include Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Foreign governments have long complained that large tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google should pay them more in taxes.
Some have recently passed taxes specifically targeting revenue generated by such companies, including those based in the US such as Facebook, Google and Amazon.
The United Kingdom, for example, has imposed a 2% tax on the revenues of social media platforms, search engines and online marketplaces, arguing that because those companies profit from UK-based users, the UK deserves a share of those gains.
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