News from the EU July 2020

European Commission

Commission publishes latest taxation trends in the EU report

The European Commission has published its latest tax trends data for Europe. The data shows that in 2018, tax revenues as percentage of GDP increased slightly in the EU 27 up to 40.2%. Revenues remained almost equally distributed among indirect taxes, direct taxes and social contributions. The distribution of revenues by tax base (consumption, labour and capital) remained stable compared with previous years (around 52% from labour, 28% from consumption and 20% from capital).


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Member states gave the final green light to DAC 6 deferral.


An agreement on the VAT e-commerce deferrals was reached in July, as the European Parliament has now provided its non-binding opinion.


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MEP Questions and Answers

Commission says excessive tax competition in the EU distorts Single Market

Question by MEP Oscar Lancini (ID/Italy)

Reply by Commissioner Gentiloni


Commission “warmly welcomes” European Parliament’s calls for CCCTB, DST, FTT, and green taxes as own resources

Question by MEP Bogdan Rzońca (ECR/Poland)

Reply by Commissioner Gentiloni


Commission gives further details on its 15 July tax package

Question by MEP Marek Belka (S&D/Poland)

Reply by Commissioner Gentiloni



International Developments

New blow to OECD negotiations as US walks out of the table


The US has proposed a halt from the OECD negotiations on international tax reforms, and withdrawn from talks with the EU on taxing the digital economy. The move comes soon after the US declared its intention to investigate several jurisdictions’ unilateral digital tax regimes.


This major setback to the negotiations puts in danger the negotiating partners’ aspirations to reach an agreement this year, although the OECD stated in response to the US move that work must continue with the view of a 2020 agreement.


French finance minister called the US move a “provocation”, whilst the EU reacted by re-iterating, through Commissioner Gentiloni, its intention to move ahead with unilateral digital tax reforms if the OECD’s negotiations fail to deliver. Executive Vice-President Vestager, for her part, insisted that the EU would “really, really prefer a global consensus” but that if this is not possible, Europe will proceed alone “if we need to”.


ICRICT publishes report on COVID recovery and taxation


The Independent Commission for the reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT) has published a new report with tax recommendations for post-COVID recovery.

The recommendations include higher tax rates in “oligopolised sectors”, a global minimum effective corporate tax rate of 25% and public country by country reporting (CBCR).


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OECD releases global tax reporting framework for digital platforms in the sharing and gig economy


The OECD has released a new global tax reporting framework, the Model Rules for Reporting by Platform Operators with respect to Sellers in the Sharing and Gig Economy (MRDP).

Under the MRDP, digital platforms are required to collect information on the income realised by those offering accommodation, transport and personal services through platforms and to report the information to tax authorities.


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European Parliament

European Parliament adopts position on VAT e-commerce COVID deferrals


On 8 July, the European Parliament Plenary adopted its non-binding position on the Commission’s proposed deferrals to the VAT e-commerce provisions in light of COVID.

The Parliament position passed with 494 votes in favour, 165 against and 35 abstentions. With the Parliament opinion now adopted, the provisions can become EU law as member states already gave their green light earlier.


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Other News

Council publishes overview of all member states’ tax regimes examined by Code of Conduct Group

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News from the Board

IVA Meeting with the Portuguese Tax Authorities

The International VAT Association (IVA), represented by its President, Stephen Dale, and Board Member, Fátima Gouveia, met with the representatives of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tax Affairs and of the Portuguese VAT Authority on the 9th of July 2019, in Lisbon. The IVA thanked the authorities for meeting with us at short notice.

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UK - Brexit

The transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year and even if a trade deal is agreed, there will be a host of changes to the current VAT regime that businesses will need to consider. Here, we highlight the key VAT issues that will impact businesses trading between the EU and the UK...

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News from the EU – from Accountancy Europe

On 29 September, the Commission published a roadmap on its planned initiative to turn the VAT Committee into a ‘comitology committee’ – enabling the Commission to adopt implementing rules on certain well-defined aspects of VAT, if the VAT Committee approves...

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