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IAS/IFRS in Belgium: Quantitative Analysis of the Impact on the Tax Burden of Companies

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The adoption of IAS/IFRS in the European Union is part of the European Commission’s globaltax harmonisation policy whose aim is to establish a common (consolidated) corporate tax base. The paper shows that the impact of an IAS/IFRS- based tax accounting on the effective tax burden of Belgian companies is large and not uniform across sectors. Some sectors, like construction and automotive vehicles, experience much larger increases in effective tax burdens than others. Globally the impact is relatively important. The analysis is conducted thanks to the European Tax Analyzer, a multi-period forward looking program. In a European context, an IAS/IFRS-based tax accounting will increase the effective corporate tax burdens in all selected countries. However it will most probably maintain the current tax competitive positions of EU countries. The expected broadening of the tax base could constitute an opportunity to reduce the corporate income tax rate without changing the overall effective burden.

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  • Jacqueline Haverals, 2005. "IAS/IFRS in Belgium: Quantitative Analysis of the Impact on the Tax Burden of Companies," Working Papers CEB 05-011.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Ladislav Mejzlík & Markéta Arltová & David Procházka & Leoš Vítek, 2015. "Implementace mezinárodních standardů účetního výkaznictví v České republice a její vliv na zdanění podniků
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    3. Gaëtan Nicodème, 2006. "Corporate tax competition and coordination in the European Union: What do we know? Where do we stand?," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 250, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
    4. Gabriele Guggiola, 2010. "IFRS Adoption in the E.U., accounting harmonization and market efficiency: a review," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf1002, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
    5. Miloš Tumpach & Adriana Stanková, 2014. "Current Income Tax Disclosures in Separate Financial Statements of IFRS Adopters in Slovakia," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2014(4).
    6. David Procházka, 2014. "The IFRS as Tax Base: Potential Impact on a Small Open Economy," European Financial and Accounting Journal, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2014(4).

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    Keywords

    International Accounting Standards/International Financial Reporting Standards; Effective Tax Burden; Tax Accounting.;

    JEL classification:

    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies

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