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Parliamentary questions
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13 December 2016
E-009363-16
Question for written answer E-009363-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Fabio De Masi (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Increase in the number of tax rulings
 Answer in writing 

According to official figures published by the Joint Transfer Pricing Forum (JTPF), the number of tax rulings in the EU, and in Luxembourg and Belgium in particular, rose sharply between 2013 and 2015(1).

How does the Commission assess this strong trend in view of the potential for abuse provided by tax rulings that came to light with the Luxembourg Leaks scandal and given its own decision to scrutinise tax rulings more closely to ensure that they do not constitute unfair state aid?

Does the Commission consider that the rising number of reported tax rulings actually reflects the increased use of this instrument or does it also attribute it partly to greater care in reporting the relevant statistics in recent years?

In light of the Commission’s analysis of the material it received at the end of 2014 as part of an extensive preliminary investigation of tax rulings as state aid in all Member States, and also the rising number of such cases, will it request further details of tax rulings in all or selected Member States in the context of its investigations into state aid?

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/jtpf0152016enapastatistics.pdf

Original language of question: DE 
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