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Juncker Seeking To Smooth Path For EU Tax Reform

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

14 September 2018


Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, has again called for changes to the way EU member states vote on key tax proposals.

In his 2018 State of the Union address on September 12, Juncker said he believes member states "should be able to decide on certain tax matters by qualified majority."

Under the current rules, member states must unanimously agree on all matters member states consider to be sensitive. This includes key tax policies.

A qualified majority is reached if two conditions are met: 55 percent of member states are in favor of the proposal and it is supported by member states representing at least 65 percent of the total EU population.

Juncker's 2017 State of the Union speech also recommended that the EU move to qualified majority voting for decisions on key proposals, such as the common consolidated corporate tax base, VAT reform, the taxation of the digital economy, and the financial transaction tax.

TAGS: tax | European Commission | value added tax (VAT) | corporation tax | internet | transfer pricing | European Union (EU) | Europe | Tax | BEPS | Financial Transactions Tax (FTT)

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