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French Election: Macron vs. Le Pen

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The second round of voting in the French presidential election will be 24 April between incumbent Emmanuel Macron and National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen. Although tax policy has not been a central theme of the campaign due to the war in Ukraine, immigration debates, and cost of living issues, the winner’s policy

EU VAT Reform: Benefits of Principled Tax Policy

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares “New own resources should fulfil the criteria of simplicity, transparency, predictability, and fairness.” One would think that the above recommendation came from a Tax Foundation report on principled EU own resources policy. While we would like to claim credit, the recommendation, rather, comes from the EU’s own 2016 Monti report and more recently,

EU Tax Trends: Analyzing Recent EU Reforms

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In recent years, EU countries have undertaken a series of tax reforms designed to maintain tax revenue levels while supporting investment and economic growth. In general, tax reforms focused on reducing individual and corporate income tax rates while increasing environmental or wealth taxes. However, as summarized here, not all tax reforms were created

EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM)

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Council of the EU agreed this week on a general approach to the European Commission’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) proposal. The mechanism is a key aspect of the EU’s broader Fit for 55 package which aims to cut 55 percent of net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the EU by 2030.

Tax Policy & Future of European Energy Security

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares In 2020, the EU agreed to the European Green Deal, which sets out to make the union climate neutral by 2050, and in 2021, the Fit for 55 package, which is intended to cut emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. Both legislative packages outline various ways for the EU to reduce

Global Minimum Tax & Build Back Better Revenue

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The global minimum tax has upended many conversations about international tax policy, including in the United States. The goal of the policy is to set a worldwide 15 percent minimum effective tax rate on corporate profits and enforce it through a set of interconnected rules. If enough countries adopt those rules, then even

Impact of National Tax Reforms on the EU Economy

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Note: The following is the testimony of Daniel Bunn, Tax Foundation Vice President of Global Projects, prepared for a EU Parliament Subcommittee on Tax Matters hearing on October 11, 2021, regarding the impact of national tax reforms on the EU economy. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Daniel Bunn, and I am

A 15% VAT Rate Is Possible by Scrapping Reduced Rates

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The European Parliamentary Research Service recently released a report evaluating the compliance costs for businesses and consumers of the current value-added tax (VAT) system and analyzing the environmental and social effects of reduced VAT rates. The report concludes that reducing the VAT gap—the difference between the tax collected and the tax that should
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