Spain to tax instant messaging providers based on revenue

Spain is planning to impose a tax for all companies that operate telecommunications services. Under a new draft law published for consultation, levies would be imposed on instant-messaging providers in the same way as on telecoms operators. The tax will thus apply to operators which provide telecommunication services without having to provide phone numbers. These companies would have to register as telecommunications operators and would be taxed based on revenue. Currently, only phone operators that can provide phone numbers need to sign up as telecom operators.