EU-funded researchers are investigating tax evasion and avoidance in Europe. The researchers aim to provide analysis and tools that could help policymakers ensure everyone pays their fair share - providing more money to public budgets that can be used to invest in social and economic priorities.
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A significant amount of potential tax revenue is lost every year in the EU due to tax evasion and avoidance, money laundering, and non-payment. Estimates go up to EUR 1 trillion. This loss, or tax gap, limits the amount of money governments can raise to deliver public services and grow the economy.
The COFFERS project is investigating the tax gap in Europe to discover how much revenue is being lost to public budgets through avoidance and evasion. It is undertaking comparative analysis of the approaches and resources that EU countries are deploying to reduce that gap.
The project is also mapping changes in the regulations designed to tackle tax abuse at national, EU and international levels. It is tracing how certain actors in business, the tax profession, tax havens and the criminal economy adapt to these rule changes.
COFFERS aims to make recommendations on how tax law, policy, administration and enforcement could be further strengthened at the EU and the national levels. The project is not proposing new legislation but is providing analytic tools for policymakers that will include new tax gap analyses for each EU country, and assessments of different risks at domestic and international levels.
Ultimately, COFFERS aims to deliver value for money by helping governments collect taxes more effectively, boosting revenue that can be invested in social and economic priorities that matter to EU citizens.