Michaela Merz

Tax priorities of the Netherlands EU Council Presidency EU 2016

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Photo_RGB_R_NL_JA_00614.jpg People crossing the tracks ot the stationCorporate Tax
“On 17 June 2015 the Commission presented an action plan to reform the corporate tax system in the EU. It includes a series of initiatives designed to end tax avoidance, ensure the sustainability of revenues and strengthen the internal market for business. The Netherlands Presidency will prioritise action against tax evasion and tax avoidance, including increasing transparency in efforts to tackle corporate tax avoidance, based on the package of measures agreed as part of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project in October 2015. During the Netherlands Presidency the Commission will come forward with a proposal for the conversion of OECD BEPS measures into European legislation. The Netherlands Presidency will also see further discussion on the inclusion of a minimum effective taxation clause in the Interest and Royalties Directive.”

Indirect Tax
“In the first half of 2016, the Commission will publish an action plan for a more effective VAT regime, including VAT on cross-border transactions within the EU. In the context of the digital single market, an action plan for an efficient and fraud-proof VAT regime is also expected in 2016, including a proposal on VAT rates and e-commerce. The Netherlands Presidency will address these matters if the timing of the publication permits.”

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