Cambodia’s new tax on online services will hurt consumers and businesses, says expert

Contradictions within the new tax code also make compliance challenging for many businesses.

With Cambodia introducing a new online commerce tax on sales of digital products and services made by international tech firms, experts warn that consumers and small online businesses might be the ones who bear the brunt.

Cambodia will require tech companies without a physical presence in the country to pay a 10% value-added tax (VAT) on their sales of digital goods and services, making it the latest country in Southeast Asia to levy charges on recognizable firms like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and AliExpress.

The new regulation, which has been approved by Prime Minister Hun Sen, specifies that foreign firms that facilitate their services over the internet and have an annual turnover exceeding USD 61,500 (KHR 250 million), or which generate a turnover of more than USD 14,700 (KHR 60 million) for three consecutive months per calendar year, are subject to the 10% VAT and must declare this status with Cambodia’s tax authorities.

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