Taxation and Customs Union
Following theECOFIN meeting today, Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for taxation, customs, anti-fraud, audit and statistics, has released a statement in which he welcomes Council agreement on measures to fight tax avoidance
"Our recent recommendations to Member States stressed the need to lower labour taxes in order to create jobs in Europe.
Commission investigates transfer pricing arrangements on corporate taxation of Apple (Ireland) Starbucks (Netherlands) and Fiat Finance and Trade (Luxembourg)
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.