Taiwan to ask Google and Apple for Uber's removal from their app stores


Uber and the Taiwanese government have been in an intense Mexican standoff situation for quite some time now. On one side, we have the rides app, which presents itself as an internet-based tech platform, and on the other we have Taiwanese officials, claiming Uber is a transportation service.

The legal battle is, as everyone probably guessed, a matter of money. Uber was not required to pay sales taxes until recently, since it operated as an Internet platform. However, the Taiwanese government is overhauling its tax laws and it's trying to force Uber to pay back what it saved in taxes since the start of its Taiwan operation in 2013. According to local medias, the sum could be $6.4 million, which would explain why Uber would risk getting booted off the island, instead of just paying up.

And, if you ask Uber, it's all peachy. The company recently said that it communicates with the government and obeys all laws, so its business in Taiwan is completely legitimate. But the government has a different opinion on the matter. “Uber has not done what it says it will do,” a Taiwanese official said for Reuters. “So we are looking at another way by requesting its apps to be removed from Apple [App Store] and Google [Play]”.

Either way, it appears that officials on the island are not going to back down, so we will have to wait and see how this progresses in the near future.

via Reuters

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10 Comments

1. Rydsmith unregistered

To demand back taxes for your poor tax plan is a little ridiculous.

2. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Could you imagine a Government taking something that's legal to do today, Passing legislation tomorrow criminalizing it, and then throwing everyone in jail who's done it in the last three years... That sounds like whats happening here with Taiwan's tax situation with Uber. Going to read the source article too just for extra clarification.

3. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Just checked the source link and there's nothing in there about Taiwan "overhauling its tax laws" at all. Where are you getting that info Damian M? What Taiwan is telling Uber is that they are a transportation service and have been misrepresenting their service. After reading that I can see how both sides might disagree on the matter.

9. Damian.M

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

The info about the tax overhaul was sourced from another Reuters article. You can see it here: reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-uber-tech-idUSKCN10U​0NV

10. Subie

Posts: 2324; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Thanks for the clarification.

4. LanjaKodaka

Posts: 219; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

LOL :)

5. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Uber and the Taiwanese government have been in an intense Mexican standoff situation for quite some time now. say what again? Also love the phone in this article, oh wait none of this was about phones silly me.

7. lyndon420

Posts: 6603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Mentioning the word 'app' was enough to get PA's attention. We have apps on our phones, so we kinda have to give it to them I guess lol.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Same thing on tablets, heck I've ordered an uber from not a cellphone, yet these guys never make decent tablet reviews. I dunno fam.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Rewrite the laws fine and dandy, but you can't just use them to go back in the future. Uber shouldn't have to pay any fees prior to the new law when the old law didn't require them to. Either way...times are tough all over unless you're a lawyer.

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