Commission proposes major corporate tax reform for the EU

Economy - published on 26 October 2016

Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

The Commission has today announced plans to overhaul the way in which companies are taxed in the Single Market, delivering a growth-friendly and fair corporate tax system. Re‑calibrated as part of
a broader package of corporate tax reforms, the Common Consolidated
Corporate Tax Base
(CCCTB) will make it easier and cheaper to do business in the Single Market and will act as a powerful tool against tax avoidance.

Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said: “Tax policy should support the EU’s goals of economic growth and social justice. Today’s proposals aim to boost growth and investment,
support enterprise and ensure fairness. The current corporate tax system treats debt financing of companies more favourably than equity financing. Reducing this debt-equity bias in the tax system
is an important element of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan and underlines our commitment to deliver on this project.”

Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said: “With the rebooted CCCTB proposal, we’re addressing the concerns of both
businesses and citizens in one fell swoop. The many conversations I’ve had as Taxation Commissioner have made it crystal-clear to me that companies need simpler tax rules within the EU. At the same
time, we need to drive forward our fight against tax avoidance, which is delivering real change. Finance Ministers should look at this ambitious and timely package with a fresh pair of eyes because
it will create a robust tax system fit for the 21st century.”

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