Laukti teliko šeši mėnesiai. Jiems praėjus, ES PVM sistema iš esmės pasikeis: palengvės daugelio įmonių veikla ir bus užtikrintas teisingesnis pajamų paskirstymas valstybėms narėms.
Šiandien įvyko svarbus postūmis kovoje prieš pelno mokesčio vengimą: ES finansų ministrai pritarė esminiam Patronuojančių ir dukterinių bendrovių direktyvos pakeitimui, kuris užkirs kelią paplitusiai agresyvaus mokesčių planavimo formai – vadinamiesiems hibridinių paskolų susitarimams. Šie susitarimai leido išvengti mokesčių, atliekant pervedimus tarptautinės įmonių grupės viduje.
"Our recent recommendations to Member States stressed the need to lower labour taxes in order to create jobs in Europe.
The European Commission has opened three in-depth investigations to examine whether decisions by tax authorities in Ireland, The Netherlands and Luxembourg with regard to the corporate income tax to be paid by Apple, Starbucks and Fiat Finance and Trade, respectively, comply with the EU rules on state aid. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties, as well as the three Member States concerned, an opportunity to submit comments. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.
Today the Commission has proposed measures to further safeguard procedural guarantees in OLAF investigations, in order to complete the already comprehensive reform of the EU's anti-fraud office.
EU and Chinese trusted traders will enjoy lower costs, simplified procedures and greater predictability in their activities, thanks to a mutual recognition agreement signed today. Under the agreement, the EU and China commit to recognising each other's certified safe traders, thereby allowing these companies to benefit from faster controls and reduced administration for customs clearance. Mutual recognition of trusted traders also allows customs to focus their resources on real risk areas, thereby improving supply chain security on both sides. The EU is the first trading partner to enter into such an agreement with China, having already signed similar deals with the USA (2012) and Japan (2011). EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs, Algirdas Šemeta, was at the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC) meeting in Beijing, for the signing of the agreement.
Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-fraud, Statistics and Audit, will be in Asia from 14-17 May.
The EU's Finance Ministers have today backed measures that will reinforce the protection of the euro and other currencies through criminal law measures. New measures will include tougher sanctions for criminals and improved tools for cross-border investigation. The directive was backed by the European Parliament on 16 April 2014 and is expected to enter into force in June 2014.
The discussion today at ECOFIN on the EU Savings Tax Directive was a constructive one, and proof that all our Member States are now behind greater tax transparency.
While it is again disappointing that we could not get political agreement on this file today, it is clear that we are very near the finishing line.