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Extracts from the read-out of the weekly meeting of the Juncker Commission followed by press conference by Pierre Moscovici, Member of the EC, on new proposals for the fair and effective taxation of the digital economy

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The European Commission proposed on 21 March, new rules to ensure that digital business activities are taxed in a fair and growth-friendly way in the EU. The measures would make the EU a global leader in designing tax laws fit for the modern economy and the digital age.The recent boom in digital businesses, such as social media companies, collaborative platforms and online content providers, has made a great contribution to economic growth in the EU. But current tax rules were not designed to cater for those companies that are global, virtual or have little or no physical presence. The change has been dramatic: 9 of the world's top 20 companies by market capitalisation are now digital, compared to 1 in 20 ten years ago. The challenge is to make the most of this trend, while ensuring that digital companies also contribute their fair share of tax. If not, there is a real risk to Member State public revenues: digital companies currently have an average effective tax rate half that of the traditional economy in the EU.This proposals come as Member States seek permanent and lasting solutions to ensure a fair share of tax revenues from online activities, as urgently called for by EU leaders in October 2017. Profits made through lucrative activities, such as selling user-generated data and content, are not captured by today's tax rules. Member States are now starting to seek fast, unilateral solutions to tax digital activities, which creates a legal minefield and tax uncertainty for business. A coordinated approach is the only way to ensure that the digital economy is taxed in a fair, growth-friendly and sustainable way.
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Type: Press conference - summary   Reference: I-152646   Date: 21/03/2018   Duration: 00:00
Personalities:   Moscovici, Pierre  
Location: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont  
Languages: ORIGINAL

Tags: A deeper and fairer economic and monetary union
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