Tuesday, 11 December 2012

European Commission Action Plan to strengthen fight against tax fraud and tax evasion

On 6 December 2012, the European Commission published a Communication entitled An Action Plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion. The Action Plan sets out steps to enhance administrative cooperation between Member States and to support the development of the existing good governance policy. It identifies a series of specific measures that could be developed now and over the next several years, provided that there is the necessary support from the Member States.
Simultaneously, the Commission sent the Member States two specific Recommendations that are included in the Action Plan’s proposals for new initiatives: one on tax havens (adoption of a common definition and creation of a “toolbox” of defensive measures) and one on aggressive tax planning (inclusion of a preventive clause in Member States’ Double Tax Conventions and adoption of a General Anti-Abuse Rule in Member States’ national legislation).
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