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Parliamentary questions
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15 December 2016
Question for written answer E-009510-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Barbara Kappel (ENF)

 Subject:  Plans to reduce corporation tax in the UK
 Answer in writing 

As part of its preparations for leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom has announced its intention to significantly reduce corporation tax in order to remain an attractive location for businesses and investors and to mitigate potential economic problems ahead of time.

At the moment corporation tax stands at 20%, but this is to be reduced to 17% by 2020. In other countries it is set at 30% or even higher. Responses to the British plans have been predominantly negative.

1. From what perspective does the Commission judge unilateral plans to reduce corporate income tax in the Member States?

2. The UK pledged not to engage in harmful tax competition practices at the G20 summit, but there is no real obligation under EC law. What options does the Commission have for enforcing such commitments?

3. In the Commission’s opinion, what would be the threshold for a reduced corporation tax rate to be considered unfair tax competition?

Original language of question: DE 
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