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Company-Tax Coordination cum Tax-Rate Competition in the European Union

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  • Wolfgang Eggert
  • Andreas Haufler

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This paper reviews the recent theoretical literature that analyzes the European Union's policy to eliminate preferential corporate-tax regimes and the proposal to introduce a consolidated EU tax base with formula apportionment for the taxation of multinational firms. Since neither proposal includes a harmonization of corporate-tax rates, a core issue is how tax competition between member states will be affected by these partial coordination measures. The conclusions from our review are supportive of the EU's ban on preferential tax regimes, but the economic incentive effects of a switch to formula apportionment are found to be ambiguous.

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  • Wolfgang Eggert & Andreas Haufler, 2006. "Company-Tax Coordination cum Tax-Rate Competition in the European Union," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 62(4), pages 579-601, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200612)62:4_579:ccctci_2.0.tx_2-5
    DOI: 10.1628/001522106X172706
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    corporate taxation; tax coordination; multinational firms;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods

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