European Council

EU VAT proposals for e-books, reverse charge fail

June 16, 2017

The Council of European Union at a meeting today failed to reach agreement on proposals to reduce the VAT rate for electronic publications and temporarily apply a generalised reverse charge mechanism; the EU VAT e-commerce proposal was also discussed, writes Davide Anghileri of the University of Lausanne . . .

EU agrees to mandatory binding arbitration of tax disputes

May 24, 2017

Davide Anghileri of the University of Lausanne discusses an ECOFIN deal, reached May 23, for a directive that will create a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between the EU States; he also provides an update of EU discussions on adopting a common corporate tax base (CCTB) . . .

EU proposal to halt multinational tax avoidance through third-country hybrid mismatches stalls

December 9, 2016

EU finance ministers, during an ECOFIN meeting of the Council of the EU held December 6, were unable to reach agreement on new hybrid mismatch rules designed to prevent multinationals from avoiding tax by exploiting differences between the tax systems of EU and non-EU countries. The ministers disagreed with a Dutch proposal to extend the effective date of the rules and a UK proposal. . .
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