European Commission Unveils New Tax Package

The European Commission has now published its Tax Package for “fair and simple taxation”, designed to address issues experienced in EU taxation arising in the course of “a ‘taxpayer’s journey’: from registering your business, to reporting, payment, verification, dealing with disputes.” The Tax Package is comprised of the following:


·         Tax Action Plan

The Action Plan consists of 25 steps to be taken by the Commission designed to make taxation “fairer, simpler and more adapted to modern technologies”.

As concerns indirect taxation, the Action Plan includes steps to: create a single VAT registration; modernise VAT reporting; update VAT rules for financial services and the sharing economy; extend the scope of the VAT One-Stop-Shop; monitor VAT transactions in real time through Eurofisc; launch an E-Commerce package for excise goods; evaluate and revise the special VAT scheme for travel agents; review and align VAT rules for passenger transportation with the EU Green Deal; and create a dispute resolution mechanism for VAT disputes. The Commission’s Action Plan concerning direct taxation matters includes steps to: extend the automatic exchange of information to crypto assets and e-money; introduce digital solutions to levy taxes at source to facilitate tax payment/collection; harmonise tax residence criteria to avoid double (non)- taxation; improve technological tools for the exchange and sharing of tax information; establish a Cooperative Compliance framework to discuss means to resolve common cross-border tax issues; implement a standing committee for dispute resolution; examine the use of tax data by tax administrations; create an EU Tax Observatory examining issues of tax avoidance and evasion; create a Transfer Pricing Expert Group; and review and issue recommendations concerning taxpayers’ rights and tax obligations.A schedule setting out the planned actions and their anticipated delivery dates can be found here.

·         Revision of the Directive on Administrative Cooperation – “DAC7

The Commission has issued a proposal for a Council Directive to revise the Directive on Administrative Cooperation to extend EU exchange of information rules to information on income generated by sellers on digital platforms. Platforms will be required to report on the provision of services, the sale of goods, rental of property, rental of any mode of transport and investment, and lending in the context of crowdfunding.

The Directive aims to reduce administrative burdens on platforms by simplifying reporting requirements, enabling platforms to report in one single country of their choosing, once per year, allowing national tax authorities to identify where tax should be paid through the exchange of information. The Directive also sets out rules concerning joint tax audits.

Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis stated that “In the future, EU countries should automatically exchange information about revenues that sellers generate by using online platforms. The idea is also to strengthen and clarify rules in areas where national governments work together to fight tax abuse, for example, joint tax audits.”

·         Communication on Tax Good Governance in the EU & Beyond

 The Commission’s Communication discusses means to improve the EU’s role in promoting tax good governance and tax transparency, which it aims to achieve by reforming the Code of Conduct on Business Taxation and making improvements to strengthen the EU’s List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes. The Communication also outlines the EU’s plan to meet its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals by assisting developing countries in the area of taxation.

The Commission aims to update the scoreboard used to select the jurisdictions that are screened by the Code of Conduct Group, and to review the criteria that jurisdictions must comply with, to update these to take into account developments in tax evasion practices. Additionally, the Commission aims to expand the mandate of the Code of Conduct Group to examine conditions leading to unfair tax competition and aggressive tax planning within the European Union, such as tax residency rules allowing for double non-taxation, tax exemptions without appropriate safeguards and special citizenship schemes. It also plans to introduce the parameter of minimum effective taxation.

In the fall of 2020 the Commission will publish its plans for business taxation for the 21st century, which will aim to complement the work being undertaken by the OECD on addressing challenges of the digital economy and minimum taxation. In early 2021, it will also set out plans for revising EU rules on energy taxation and introducing a WTO- compatible carbon border adjustment mechanism.
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taxation under Pillar 2 could already be reached and implemented independently of Pillar

  1. The report indicates that efforts will be focused on resolving the divergent views in the coming months, and that “the technical development should be advanced enough to allow key political decisions to be taken on both pillars in October 2020”.
OECD Tax Talks Webcast & G20 Report
The OECD will be hosting a Tax Talks Webcast on 22 July from 15:30 to 16:30 CEST. The webcast will discuss progress on the Inclusive Framework project on taxation of the digitalising economy, the OECD Model Rules for Reporting by Platform Operators, the recently released Corporate Tax Statistics report and other recent tax developments.


Ahead of the Webcast, the OECD G20 Report to finance ministers from the G20 countries has been published. As concerns taxation of the digital economy, the report sets out that progress has been made on developing technical and policy solutions to the working blocks for agreeing tax allocations rights under Pillar 1, notwithstanding the political uncertainty

surrounding agreeing a solution for taxation of the digital economy. Additionally, the report

Pascal Saint-Amans, Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Grace Perez-Navarro, Deputy Director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Achim Pross, Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division, David Bradbury, Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, Åsa Johansson, Head of the Structural Policies Surveillance Division (OECD Economics Department) and  Ben  Dickinson, Head of the Global Relations and Development Division will give presentations during the webcast.


Those interested in participating in the webcast can register here. The webcast will be recorded and can be replayed via the OECD’s website.

European   Commission  Recommends  Financial Assistance be Linked to Tax Jurisdiction Blacklist

The European Commission has recommended EU Member States not to approve financial aid to companies that have a link to countries listed on the EU List of Non-Cooperative Jurisdictions for Tax Purposes, the “Blacklist”, or to companies which have been convicted of serious financial crimes. The Commission in its recommendation suggests a number of conditions that Member States could apply concerning restrictions on financial support. It also contains suggested criteria for carve outs and implementation of the recommendation.


Discussing the  recommendation,  Paolo Gentiloni,  Commissioner  for  the  Economy,  said: “Fairness and solidarity lie at the heart of the EU’s recovery efforts. We are all in this crisis together and everyone must pay their fair share of tax so that we can support and not undermine our collective efforts to recover. Those who deliberately bypass tax rules or engage in criminal activity should not benefit from the systems they are trying to circumvent. We must protect our public funds, so that they can truly support honest taxpayers across the EU.”


Member States are asked to inform the Commission concerning any conditions imposed in line with the recommendation. A report compiling details of the measures will be produced by the Commission in 2023, three years from the date the Recommendation was adopted.

2020 Report on Revenue Statistics in Asian and & Pacific Economies Published by OECD

The 2020 report on Revenue Statistics in Asian and Pacific Economies will be published this week by the OECD. The report is prepared in co-operation with the Asian Development Bank, the Pacific Island Tax Administrators Association and the Pacific Community, with financial support from the governments of Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. This year the report will also include a special feature on the tax policy and administration responses to COVID-19 in Asian and Pacific Economies.


The report compares tax revenue statistics for Australia, Bhutan, People’s Republic of China, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand,Tokelau and Vanuatu; and comparable non-tax revenue statistics for Bhutan, the Cook
Islands, Fiji, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nauru, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Thailand,
Tokelau and Vanuatu.
The report will be launched during a live webinar, scheduled to take place on Thursday 23
July 2020 from 08:00AM to 09:00AM CEST. Those interested in following the launch live can
register for the webinar here.