Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation (21 October 2019)

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Commission Staff Working Document Evaluation of the Council Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and repealing Directive 77/799/EEC

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation – VAT) (24 September 2019)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Economic dialogue and exchange of views with Mika Lintilä, ECOFIN Chair and Minister for Finance of Finland (04 September 2019)

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‘I/A’ Item Note: Draft COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISIONS authorising the introduction of a special measure derogating from Article 193 of Directive 2006/112/EC on the common system of value added tax

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Press Release: VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today. The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high. This substantial VAT Gap again highlights the need for comprehensive reform of the EU VAT rules, as proposed in 2017 by the Commission, and increased cooperation between Member States to clamp down on VAT fraud and to make the rules work for legitimate businesses and traders. The VAT Gap measures the effectiveness of VAT enforcement and compliance measures in each Member State, as it provides an estimate of revenue loss due to fraud and evasion, tax avoidance, bankruptcies, financial insolvencies as well as miscalculations.

Speech: VP Dombrovskis: Keynote at the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum reception

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP IMCO Committee – Presentation of the Council Presidency’s programme (2 September 2019)

A summary of the exchange of views is now available.

Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation – VAT) (11 September 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation – VAT) (10 September 2019)

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Reply to National Parliament: Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Riksdag (SE) – COM(2019) 8 final

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Press Release: VAT Cross Border Rulings (CBR)

A pilot project has been set up to allow taxable persons to obtain advance rulings on the VAT treatment of complex cross-border transactions. Several Member States are participating in this project, set up by the EU VAT Forum. Taxable persons envisaging cross-border transactions between two or more of the participating Member States can request for such a ruling with regard to the VAT treatment of the transactions they foresee.

Report: Do criminals dream of electric sheep? How technology shapes the future of crime and law enforcement

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European Court of Auditors Special Report no 12/2019: E-commerce: many of the challenges of collecting VAT and customs duties remain to be resolved

ECA examined whether the European Commission has established a sound regulatory and control framework for e-commerce with regard to the collection of VAT and customs duties, and whether Member States’ control measures help ensure the complete collection of VAT and customs duties on e-commerce. The report found that despite recent positive developments the EU is not currently dealing adequately with these issues but have addressed some of the weaknesses identified with the “e-commerce package”.

ECA makes a number of recommendations as to how the European Commission and the Member States should better address the challenges identified and establish a sound regulatory and control framework.

UPDATED – Comitology Meeting: Standing Committee on Administrative Cooperation (30 April 2019)

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Official Journal (C Series): Opinions of the European Economic and Social Committee

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Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation – VAT) (25 July 2019)

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Agenda: Working Party on Tax Questions (Indirect Taxation – VAT) (24 July 2019)

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Agenda: European Economic and Social Committee Plenary Session (17-18 July 2019)

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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council Towards a more efficient and democratic decision making in EU tax policy

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Own Resources System (09 July 2019)

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Commission Decision regarding the follow-up to National Parliaments’ Opinions – reply to the Assembleia da República (PT) – COM(2019) 192 final

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OPP Meeting Summary: Economic and Financial Affairs Council – Presidency programme (09 July 2019)

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