Category EU

The new political economy and geography of global tax information exchange

The OECD has recently released information on the two most important recent global networks of global tax information exchange. They are, respectively, the networks of exchange of country-by-country reporting (CBCR) and exchange of financial account information (through the Common Reporting Standard, CRS). These networks give a unique look into the new political economy and geography of […]

Are American firms really more tax aggressive?

Are multinational groups headquartered in the United States more aggressive in their tax planning compared to non-US competitors? That is, at least, a very popular strapline in tax circles. Negative media stories about the tax affairs of major US firms such as Apple, Amazon and Starbucks are often described as contributing factors to the OECD/G20 […]

Technical politics, sovereignty and the prospects of tax multilateralism

International tax cooperation is hard. Especially when it challenges national sovereignty. Sovereignty is close to heart for politicians. Taxation remains a cornerstone of the nation-state and of the social contract. Governments are not liable to relinquish absolute authority on tax matters. So, at least, the story goes. Indeed, the reality – and the associated perception – of taxation […]

Running thoughts on EU Apple-Ireland state aid decision

While the storm is raging in wake of the European Commission’s decision in its state aid investigation of Apple’s Irish tax structure, and while we wait for the 130 page decision documentation, here is a log of my thoughts on the issues: 1) This is historic Before any more analytical thoughts, I must remark that […]

Five years of EU tax policy recommendations: Key trends in European taxation

The European Union is a major player in international tax politics. Alongside the OECD, the EU has arguably been the most significant actor in redesigning international as well as national tax rules and norms over the past decade. So it matters what the EU’s institutions and its Member States are doing and saying on tax […]

Thoughts on the final EC public country-by-country reporting proposal

A week ago, I blogged on the (at the time) upcoming proposal from the European Commission on public country-by-country reporting, saying it was “in no man’s land”. With the benefit of being a week on, and the actual proposal having been presented on Tuesday, I thought it would be good to reflect on my earlier […]

The EU public country-by-country reporting proposal: In no man’s land?

On Tuesday, the European Commission will present its final proposal for public country-by-country reporting, alongside its impact assessment. We know quite a lot about this proposal, given that it was leaked a few weeks back. It is based on the OECD BEPS template for country-by-country reporting, but has key differences from the rest of the recommendations. In particular: […]