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Inflation Reduction Act EU Tax & Trade Cooperation: EV Tax Credit

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Over the last six months, European perceptions of the Inflation Reduction Act have been a rollercoaster. European policymakers were hopeful that the Inflation Reduction Act would implement Janet Yellen’s Pillar Two commitment at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). But hope turned to disappointment when the final text was fundamentally different from

What the EU Gets Wrong About “Tax Fairness”

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares “Tax fairness” has been a lingering theme in EU policy circles since the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent Euro crisis. The prevailing sentiment among policymakers is that European tax authorities need to work together to eliminate tax fraud and avoidance because government budgets depend on these missing revenues to provide essential public services.

“Tax Fairness” & EU Energy Security

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On 30 September, the Council of the European Union agreed to impose an EU-wide windfall profits tax on fossil fuel companies to fund relief for households and businesses facing high energy prices (due primarily to Putin’s war on Ukraine). Given the dire economic environment for families and the urgency to transition away from

Windfall Tax Policies in Europe | Windfall Profits Taxes

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares As energy prices continue to rise, more European countries have been looking at windfall profit taxes—a one-time tax levied on a company or industry when economic conditions result in large, unexpected profits—to fund relief measures for consumers. As early as March 8, the European Commission recommended in its REPowerEU communication that member states

Impact of Italian Elections on Tax Policy & EU Fiscal Policy

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Italy’s legislative elections on 25 September resulted in the country’s first right-wing government since 2011. Giorgia Meloni, leader of the Brothers of Italy, will likely become Prime Minister and govern in a coalition with the League (led by Matteo Salvini) and Forza Italia (led by Silvio Berlusconi). On national tax policy, the coalition

OECD Pillar One: Questions Remain | Global Tax Deal

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The global tax deal that was struck last year continues to move along in slow and uncertain ways. While the global minimum tax gets much attention in the media (and in my own writings, to be honest), there is another significant piece to the deal. The global minimum tax (also known as OECD Pillar

Gas Taxes in Europe | 2022 Fuel Tax Rates

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The European Union requires EU countries to levy a minimum excise duty of €0.36 per liter (US $1.55 per gallon) on gasoline (petrol). Today’s map shows that only Bulgaria, Hungary, and Poland stick to the minimum fuel tax rate, while all other EU countries opt to levy higher excise duties on gas. The

EU Presidency & Europe Council: Czech Presidency

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares On July 1st, Czechia assumed the rotating Council of the EU Presidency from France. The country will chair Council meetings and represent the Council in relations with other European Union institutions until the end of 2022. There are many tax-related files that remain in the legislative pipeline from the French Presidency that Czechia will

Global Minimum Tax: US International Tax Agenda

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Key Findings A year since the global tax deal was agreed to by more than 130 countries, progress on implementing legislation has hit a lull. Implementation of the minimum tax rules is not expected until the end of 2023 or in 2024. Since the 2017 U.S. tax reforms and other recent international rules

Europe Tax Burden on Labor Explored

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Governments with higher taxes generally tout that they provide more services as an explanation, and while that is often true, the cost of these services can be more than half of an average worker’s salary, and for most, at least a third of their salary. Individual income taxes, payroll taxes, and consumption taxes

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