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Customs: Have your say on Binding Tariff Information!pdfChoose translations of the previous link 


The survey is open until 25th April, 2014.


IP/14/416 – Taxation: Reinforcing the Single Market for citizens


For more details on the two consultations and the new expert group see our web pages.


Customs: The 'Suspensions in preparation' for 1 July 2014 are now available online


This enables interested businesses and organisations to contact national customs services in good time.


EU customs policy: achievements and way forward


Commissioner Šemeta on the state of play towards the end of his mandate.


EU tax policy: achievements and way forward


Commissioner Šemeta on the state of play towards the end of his mandate.


MEMO/14/241 – March infringements package: main decisions


See the taxation case involving Ireland on page 5.


Public consultation: 'Review of existing VAT legislation on public bodies and tax exemptions in the public interest'


The consultation period expires on 25 April 2014. Please make sure that your contribution will be submitted in time.


European Council agrees on the revised directive on taxation of savings


See 10th paragraph of President Barroso's s remarks. See also President Van Rompuy's statementpdf.


EU Council discussed the Savings Tax Directive and adopted decisions on tax…pdf


… regarding France and Portugal. See pages 8 and 14-15, and Commissioner Šemeta's statement.


Financial Transaction Tax: the state of play, the implications and the legal situation


See the new presentation (2013 proposal), the speech under 'The way ahead', the new 'FTT/compliance' section and the 'trend analysis' under Background.


Excise duties: the rates have been updated to 1st January 2014


Please click on "Rates" for each category of products (Alcohol; Tobacco; and Energy products).


EU Commissioner Šemeta welcomes G20 Finance Ministers' agreement on global tax transparency standard


See also our web page and video in 23 languages on the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion.


MEMO/14/116 - February infringements package: main decisions


See the taxation case involving Luxembourg on page 7.


Tax Fraud: Commission looks at how VAT collection and administrative cooperation can be improved


See under 'Other news'. The full texts of the reports (COM/2014/69 and 71) are online.


EU Tax policy and Competition policy – A complementary approach to fair taxation


Read EU Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta's speech.


VAT: practical guidelines for businesses on 2015 rules are now available in 27 languages


All EU official languages are covered as well as Chinese, Japanese and Russian.


Financial Transaction Tax: Time to engage, compromise and deliver


Read the speech by Commissioner Šemeta. See our dedicated page for background information.


MEMO/14/56 - Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 28 January


The Greek Presidency of the Council will present its work programme, which includes a number of tax issues.


The closing date of the consultation on VAT and public bodies has been postponed to 25 April 2014…


…and the consultation paper is now available in all official EU languages.


MEMO/14/36 - January infringements package: main decisions


See the taxation cases involving Belgium and Portugal.


Legal certainty on VAT regime for cross border transactions: VAT cross border rulings extended…


…for another year and one EU country – Finland – added to the list of participants. See 9th item under Other news.