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Corporate tax competition and coordination in the European Union: What do we know? Where do we stand? - Gaëtan Nicodème

Author(s): Gaëtan Nicodème (Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs)

Corporate tax competition and coordination in the European Union: What do we know? Where do we stand? - Gaëtan Nicodèmepdf(232 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

This paper reviews the rationales and facts about corporate tax coordination in Europe. Although statutory tax rates have dramatically declined, revenues collected from corporate taxation are fairly stable and there is so far no evidence of a race-to-the-bottom. The ambiguous results from economic tax theory and the institutional setting have constrained strong EU policy action in the area of tax competition. Yet, there are welfare gains to be expected from tax coordination. Following its 2001 Communication, the European Commission is currently working with Member States on the definition of a common consolidated corporate tax base for European Companies.
(European Economy. Economic Papers 250. June 2006. Brussels. 45pp. Tab. Free.)

KC-AI-06-250-EN-C (online)
ISBN 92-79-01191-X (online)
ISSN 1725-3187 (online)

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