On 25 May 2018, the Council adopted rules aimed at boosting transparency to prevent aggressive cross-border tax planning.
The directive targets intermediaries such as tax advisors, accountants and lawyers that design and/or promote tax planning schemes. It will require them to report schemes that are potentially aggressive.
The information received will be automatically exchanged through a centralised database. Penalties will be imposed on intermediaries that do not comply.
“The new rules are a key part of our strategy to combat corporate tax avoidance “, said Vladislav Goranov, minister for finance of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council presidency. “With greater transparency, risks will be detected at an earlier stage and measures taken to close down loopholes before revenue is lost.”
The directive was adopted at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, without discussion. Member States will have until 31 December 2019 to transpose it into national laws and regulations.
What does it mean
All tax arrangements as from June 2018 will need to be identified however the information to the tax authority will have to be provided only as from 2020.
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