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Recent Reforms of Tax Systems in the EU: Good and Bad News

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  • Gaëlle Garnier

    () (European Commission)

  • Aleksandra Gburzynska

    () (European Commission)

  • Endre György

    () (European Commission)

  • Milena Mathé

    () (European Commission)

  • Doris Prammer

    () (European Commission)

  • Savino Ruà

    () (European Commission)

  • Agnieszka Skonieczna

    () (European Commission)

Abstract

This paper reviews to what extent Member States followed the tax policy priorities put forward by the European Commission in the Annual Growth Survey of November 2012: shifting taxation away from labour, broadening tax bases, reducing corporate tax debt bias and improving tax compliance. The ‘good news’ which emerges from the analysis is that overall Member States are making efforts to make tax systems more efficient, competitive and fair; the ‘bad news’ is that the extent of the challenges calls for more action in all the priority areas identified.

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  • Gaëlle Garnier & Aleksandra Gburzynska & Endre György & Milena Mathé & Doris Prammer & Savino Ruà & Agnieszka Skonieczna, 2013. "Recent Reforms of Tax Systems in the EU: Good and Bad News," Taxation Papers 39, Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission.
  • Handle: RePEc:tax:taxpap:0039
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    1. European Commission, 2013. "Tax reforms in EU Member States - Tax policy challenges for economic growth and fiscal sustainability – 2013 Report," Taxation Papers 38, Directorate General Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission.
    2. Boysen-Hogrefe, Jens & Gern, Klaus-Jürgen & Groll, Dominik & Jannsen, Nils & Kooths, Stefan & Plödt, Martin & van Roye, Björn & Scheide, Joachim & Schwarzmüller, Tim, 2015. "Das europäische Verfahren zur Vermeidung und Korrektur makroökonomischer Ungleichgewichte: Auswertung der bisherigen Erfahrung und mögliche Reformansätze," Kieler Beiträge zur Wirtschaftspolitik 7, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    3. repec:ipf:finteo:v:39:y:2015:i:3:p:115-137 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Ionel Leonida, 2015. "Structural Trends in Romanian Tax System in the Context of the Tax Good Governance in the European Union," Social-Economic Debates, Association for Entreprenorial Spirit Promotion, vol. 4(2), pages 1-10, August.
    5. Irena Szarowská, 2016. "Quality of Public Finance and Economic Growth in the Czech Republic," Working Papers 0030, Silesian University, School of Business Administration.

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    Keywords

    European Union; taxation; tax policy; tax reform; VAT; tax fraud; corporate taxation; personal income taxation; environment; research and development;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H24 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Personal Income and Other Nonbusiness Taxes and Subsidies
    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • H26 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Tax Evasion and Avoidance
    • H27 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Other Sources of Revenue
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods

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