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Spain Tax Rankings 2022 International Tax Competitiveness Index

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Tax Foundation recently released the 2022 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI) measuring the competitiveness and neutrality of countries’ tax systems. Since 2020, Spain has dropped from 26th to 34th (out of 38 countries) in the ITCI due to multiple tax hikes, new taxes, and weak performances in all five index components. In Spain’s

Colombia Tax Reform Options & Considerations

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Tax Foundation’s recently released 2022 International Tax Competitiveness Index (ITCI), measures the extent to which a country’s tax system adheres to two important aspects of tax policy: competitiveness and neutrality. Over the years, the Index has helped many European countries like Austria, Greece, and the UK design tax reform proposals. As the

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

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

UK Prime Minister: Rishi Sunak vs. Liz Truss

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom is in the process of determining its new leader as Prime Minister Boris Johnson exits the stage. The new Conservative Party leader will be the next UK Prime Minister. The process has narrowed the field to two candidates: former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Foreign

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,

Spain Tax Reform Committee 2022

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Last spring the Spanish government named an external tax reform committee to review environmental taxation, corporate tax, taxation of the digital economy, and harmonization of regional tax policies. The austerity policy plans tax hikes to close the 6.8 percentage point gap between Spain’s tax revenue and the Eurozone average as a percentage of

Sources of US Tax Revenue by Tax Type, 2022

TweetShareSharePin0 Shares Policy and economic differences among OECD countries have created variances in how they raise tax revenue, with the United States deviating substantially from the OECD average on some sources of revenue. Different taxes create different economic impacts, so policymakers should always consider how tax revenue is raised and not just how much is

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