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Customs: see our revamped 'Customs laboratories' section

25/07/2014

and the updated page on ECICS, the customs database for chemicals.

 

VAT 2015: Registration for the Santa Monica event on 16 September is open…

24/07/2014

…and practical details are on line. The new VAT rules are on our special page.

 

VAT: Change in the call for applications for selection of Expert Group members

23/07/2014

The deadline for submitting applications is extended until 12 September 2014.

 

New Taxation papers: No 43 on Financial activities taxation…pdf

18/07/2014

…and No 44pdf and 45pdf on corporate taxation.

 

Taxation: Commission sets up expert group on automatic exchange of financial account information

11/07/2014

The deadline for submitting applications is 8 August 2014.

 

MEMO/14/470 – July infringements package: main decisions

10/07/2014

See the two taxation cases involving Cyprus and France.

 

EU Council adopts amendment closing tax loophole for corporate groupspdf

08/07/2014

Read Commissioner Šemeta's speaking notes for the Council press conference.

 

VAT 2015: A video of the 18 June Luxembourg event on the new rules for supplies of broadcasting, telecom and e- services is online

04/07/2014

It covers the functioning of the Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS). See our webpage for background information.

 

MEMO/14/461 - Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 8 July

04/07/2014

On the agenda: the Italian Presidency's work programme and taxation of savings agreements with European third countries.

 

VAT 2015: Event in Santa Monica, California, USA on 16 September 2014

04/07/2014

See our web page for background information.

 

EU Commissioner Šemeta visits Serbia

02/07/2014

See item under "Other news".

 

IP/14/758 - Taxation: Countdown to simpler and fairer VAT system

01/07/2014

See also the questions & answers (MEMO/14/448).

 

VAT 2015: Registration is open for the conference in Poland on 9 September 2014

27/06/2014

Registration deadline is 25 July 2014. See our web page for background information.

 

VAT: Report on feasibility of new rules 2015 pdf(294 kB)Choose translations of the previous link 

26/06/2014

See our dedicated page for background information.  

 

EU Council agrees to close tax loophole for corporate groupspdf

20/06/2014

Read Commissioner Šemeta's statement.

 

VAT: Guidelines on auditing under the Mini One-Stop Shop (MOSS) are now online in Englishpdf(45 kB)Choose translations of the previous link 

19/06/2014

They will soon be available in other languages. See also our dedicated page for the new 2015 rules.

 

MEMO/14/428 - Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg 20 June

18/06/2014

On the agenda: Closing loopholes in company taxation, Code of Conduct on Business Taxation, Energy taxation and European Semester.

 

VAT Expert Group adopts opinion on VAT definitive regime for taxing intra-EU B2B supplies of goods…

16/06/2014

… and encourages business to take part in the survey (in English or French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish) related to the ongoing study on applying the ‘destination principle’ to intra-EU B2B supplies of goods.

 

Eurostat 92/2014 - Taxation trends in the European Union - The overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU28 up to 39.4% of GDP in 2012pdf

16/06/2014

Labour taxes remain major source of tax revenue. See the details on our dedicated web page and Commissioner Šemeta's statement.

 

Customs and Taxation: details of the Fiscalis 2020…

12/06/2014

… and Customs 2020 co-operation programmes are available online.

 

VAT 2015: A video of the 2 June London conference on the new rules for supplies of broadcasting, telecom and e- services is online

11/06/2014

It covers the functioning of the Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) and includes all the event's presentations. See http://www.online-web-presentations.com/HMRC.

 

VAT: European Commission launches call for applications for selection of Expert Group members

05/06/2014

Deadline for submitting applications is 18 July 2014.

 

Taxation: New guidelines on transfer pricing

04/06/2014

See 4th item under "Other news" and the frequently asked questions (MEMO/14/394).

 

IP/14/623 - Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014

03/06/2014

See also MEMO/14/388 (3rd and 7th questions on taxation), Commissioner Šemeta's speech and the full documents.

 

Counterfeit and piracy: new PDF version of the application for action form for right-holders

02/06/2014

It can be filled in on screen and the data typed into the form can be saved.

 

Customs: The 'Suspensions in preparation' for 1 January 2015 are available online

19/05/2014

Interested businesses can send objections before 17 June 2014.

 

IP/14/555 - Customs: EU and China sign landmark mutual recognition agreement and intensify their customs cooperation

16/05/2014

See also MEMO/14/353 on EU-China customs co-operation and EU Commissioner Šemeta's speeches in Beijing on customs and Macau on taxation.

 

MEMO/14/326 – Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Councils, Brussels, 6 May 2014

02/05/2014

The Financial Transaction Tax and the Parents-Subsidiary Directive are on the agenda.

 

VAT 2015: Registration is open for the conference in Luxembourg on 15 May 2014

22/04/2014

Registration deadline is 14 May 2014. See our web page for background information.

 

MEMO/14/293 – April infringements package: main decisions

16/04/2014

See the four taxation cases involving Hungary, Ireland and the Netherlands.

 

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

11/04/2014

The survey is open until 25th April, 2014.

 

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

10/04/2014

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

09/04/2014

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

 

EU customs policy: achievements and way forward

08/04/2014

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

 

EU tax policy: achievements and way forward

08/04/2014

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

 

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

28/03/2014

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'

28/03/2014

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

21/03/2014

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

12/03/2014

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

 

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

05/03/2014

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

 

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

05/03/2014

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

 

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

24/02/2014

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

20/02/2014

See the taxation case involving Luxembourg on page 7.

 

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

12/02/2014

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

11/02/2014

Read EU Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta's speech.

 

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

07/02/2014

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

 

Financial Transaction Tax: Time to engage, compromise and deliver

05/02/2014

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

24/01/2014

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…

24/01/2014

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

 

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

23/01/2014

See the taxation cases involving Belgium and Portugal.

 

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

22/01/2014

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