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Commissioner Gentiloni sets out vision for EU taxation policy

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On 5 March, Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni set out the European Commission’s priorities for taxation over the next five years in a speech delivered to the European Policy Centre.

Key themes outlined in the speech, entitled Making tax work for all, included:

  • revising the energy tax directive to bring it into line with the EU’s climate ambitions;
  • supporting the OECD/G20 work on overhauling company taxation to make it fit for the digital age;
  • continuing to address tax fraud, evasion and avoidance to make the tax system fairer, including proposals to expand transparency rules to cover the platform economy;
  • pursuing the idea of minimum effective taxation, together with a reassessment of the Code of Conduct on Business Taxation; and
  • removing obstacles to facilitate cross-border work, such as reducing double taxation, enhancing cooperation and simplifications to VAT compliance.

On 20 April, Gentiloni will host a high-level conference on Making Tax Work – Fighting tax evasion and ensuring Compliance, and has invited ideas from citizens, businesses, academics, policy makers and politicians. This input will inform an action plan the Commission intends to draw up by June 2020, containing ‘a roadmap of initiatives to make taxation easier for taxpayers and to make life harder for tax cheats’.

Issue: 1479
Categories: News