A new Parliament committee on financial crimes and tax fraud will also look at how digital companies should be taxed. Find out more about the committee in our interview with its chair.
All EU countries should take steps to clamp down on tax avoidance schemes, said MEPs on Tuesday 14 November during a debate on the Paradise Papers scandal.
German, Italian, Dutch and Irish finance ministers appeared before Parliament's Panama papers investigative committee on 11 July. Check out our video.
Only death and taxes are certain in life - as the cliché goes - but that doesn't mean you have to like either. In the case of taxes, it's made worse by not everyone paying their fair share. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament, 75% of all Europeans believe the EU should do more to fight tax fraud. Read on to find what the Parliament is currently working on to address the issue.
Jean-Claude Juncker was questioned about the fight against tax evasion by inquiry committee during a hearing at the Parliament on 30 May
The European Commission's ruling that Apple should pay Ireland €13 billion in taxes has reignited the discussion of how much tax large companies should pay. Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager won wide support from MEPs when explaining the Commission’s approach in a plenary debate on 14 September. A week earlier we talked to German EPP member Markus Ferber, one of the Parliament's leading members on tax issues. Read on to find out what he had to say about the Apple ruling and tax deals.
The beautiful game is sometimes marred by shady financial dealings. A Parliament committee held a meeting with experts to find out more about money's role in football.
It's vital Europe takes up the leadership in the fight against tax evasion, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz told Parliament's inquiry committee investigating the Panama papers on 16 November. Stiglitz, who served as an advisor to the Panama government following the revelations, said the US was unlikely to be effective in tackling the issue: "When your [future] president is evader-in-chief, it’s hard to have confidence in where we are going to go."
The Parliament is working to establish a fair and transparent European tax system.
Fraud involving VAT on goods exported to other member states costs EU tax payers an estimated €50 billion a year. The European Commission has come up with an action plan to clamp down on VAT fraud and update current VAT rules that have been left unchanged since 1993. MEPs debate the action plan on Wednesday 23 November and vote on it the following day. Read on to find out more about Parliament's position and watch our video for an explanation of how VAT fraud works.
Corporations use loopholes to avoid paying taxes, for example by shifting profits to EU countries with lower taxes. New EU rules would put an end to this.
MEPs have adopted recommendations by the inquiry committee looking into the Panama papers. Its report says that some EU countries have not done enough to tackle tax evasion.
MEPs have hit out at EU finance ministers for removing eight countries from the EU's blacklist of tax havens and warn that it will hamper the fight against tax evasion and tax avoidance.
Panama papers inquiry committee
Tax avoidance by companies cost EU countries €160-190 billion in lost revenue a year. MEPs discussed new measures to fight the most common practices on Tuesday 7 June and vote in favour of them the following day. Read more about the legislation and check our infographic that shows corporate tax rates and respective tax income by member state.
Multinationals should pay their taxes where they make their profits, according to one of the recommendations by the tax rulings committee, which were adopted by MEPs on 25 November. Report authors Elisa Ferreira (S&D, Portugal) and Michael Theurer (ALDE, Germany) told us it had been difficult for the committee to get answers from multinationals and member states during its nine-month investigation, but that its recommendations could lead to fairer tax competition.
Second tax rulings committee
First tax rulings committee
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared in person for Parliament’s extraordinary debate on the fight against tax avoidance, prompted by the recent revelation of secret deals granting preferential tax treatments to multinational companies in Luxembourg.
The European Parliament rejected a motion of censure against Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s team on Thursday, with 461 votes against, 101 in favour and 88 abstentions. The motion was tabled by 76 EFDD and non-attached MEPs further to the "Lux leaks" plenary session debate with Mr Juncker on 12 November. A debate on the motion was held on Monday.