On April 27 - 28, 2018 the EU Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council held an informal meeting. According to information earlier provided by the Dutch Ministry of Finance during this meeting the Council a.o. discussed 2 tax related subjects. On April 27, 2018 the Dutch Ministry of Finance sent the Dutch House of Representatives 2 Presidency Issues Notes that were published earlier that day by the Bulgarian Presidency and that served as discussion papers for this informal ECOFIN Council.

 

Towards a common agenda for modern tax administrations: improving revenue collection and fighting tax fraud in the single market

This Presidency Issues Note discusses a.o.:

·   Collecting taxes in the Internal market today and challenges ahead

·   Possible ways forward

 

The Presidency Issues Note also suggests the following questions for discussion:

·   What are your views on the state of our administrative cooperation as described above? Do you agree that there is a need to increase the level of trust between our administrations in order to tackle our common challenges? If so, how could this be achieved?

·   Do you agree that it is now opportune for the Member States to explore ways to make a qualitative step forward in administrative cooperation and capacity so as to deliver results for the benefit of all?

·   What should be the focus of our Heads of Tax Administrations when exploring a common agenda in the areas of administrative cooperation and tax administration?

 

Click here to download the Presidency Issues Note “Towards a common agenda for modern tax administrations: improving revenue collection and fighting tax fraud in the single market” from the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

 

A renewed approach for corporate taxation in the Single Market and tax challenges of the digitalization of the economy

This Presidency Issues Note discusses a.o.:

·   The corporate tax system in the EU Member States and the challenges it’s facing

o  Corporate taxation in an ever-changing international environment

o  Ensuring a fair and efficient corporate tax system in the EU

·   The digitalization of the economy and corporate taxation

o  Challenges to corporate taxation arising from the digitalization of the economy

o  Possible responses to these challenges

§   Actions at EU level

§   Actions at global level – Interim Report on the Tax Challenges Arising from Digitalization, OECD

 

The Presidency Issues Note also suggests the following questions for discussion:

·   Do you agree that the Member States, meeting within the Council, should work further on developing a coherent approach to corporate taxation to support the competitiveness of the Single Market, while recognizing the specific needs of all Member States? 

·   Should we ask our experts to examine the links between the various Commission proposals and work ongoing in the G20/OECD context in relation to digital taxation and to take this into account when organising further technical work in the Council?

 

Click here to download the Presidency Issues Note “A renewed approach for corporate taxation in the Single Market and tax challenges of the digitalization of the economy” from the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

 

 

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