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EU Commission Plans for 2017 – Tax & Brexit a Threat

Last week the European Commission published its work programme for 2017 “Delivering a Europe that protects, empowers and defends” SWD(2016) 400. The Commission lists the UK Brexit referendum as an “uncertainty” and then goes on to refer to it as … Continue reading

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EU Problems Ratifying Canadian Trade Deal and Brexit

The EU’s long ratification process of its tax-free trade deal with Canada, known as CETA, hit another problem recently. A regional parliament within Belgium rejected the deal and under Belgian law, unless resolved, that blocks Belgium ratifying CETA. That in … Continue reading

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EU Investigates Starbucks Over Dutch Tax Deal

The European Commission has announced its preliminary view following investigation is that the Starbuck’s special tax deal with the Netherlands may be amount to illegal state aid. A number of so-called sweetheart deals, or rulings are being looked at in … Continue reading

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EU Investigating Another US internet Company

The EU is said to be investigating yet another US internet company about its┬átax affairs. Doubtless the company considers it is acting perfectly legally. The problem seems to be with the EU in fostering a discriminatory tax regime. The EU … Continue reading

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Europe Consults on VAT and State Sector

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the future of VAT in the State sector and exemptions for public benefit. With increased privatisation across Europe the 1970s-style divide still at the heart of VAT between broadly non-taxed public and … Continue reading

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