Quotation Owens, Jeffrey, Lazarov, Ivan, Araujo Lage E Oliveira Costa, Nathalia. 2021. Exploring the opportunities and challenges of new technologies for EU tax administration and policy. Luxembourg:European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs’ Sub Committee on Tax Matters (FISC).


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Background A digital and sustainable transformation is one of the EU’s top priorities. The European Commission, in its action plan for fair and simple taxation supporting recovery strategy, recognizes the importance of efficient taxation as the EU and global community seek to recover from the economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. In a digitalised era, the drivers of the next stage of tax reforms will be based on the need for sustainable and inclusive growth, and tax revenues to finance budget deficits. Governments will also strive to ensure a level playing field between digital and non-digital companies and that all companies pay tax in the place where value is created. The transformation in the tax area relates not only to exploring the opportunities of making the national revenue collection more efficient but also to aligning the tax treatment in the internal market with the one under the domestic markets of Member States both with respect to the compliance burden and the enforcement mechanisms available. To do so, there is a number of technologies that have the potential of transforming tax systems as we know them, some of which are already being explored by the Member States, and might be at the centre of coordinated action by the EU. Among these are the blockchain (in a general sense, separate from the narrow use-case of cryptocurrencies), the internet of things, artificial intelligence and data processing, as well as cloud and quantum computing. Aim This research paper aims at: • determining whether there is a risk for a negative impact on the internal market if Member States adopt unilateral and uncoordinated actions as regards the digitalisation of tax administrations and procedures; • outlining the potential areas where coordinated action at EU level seems desirable and feasible; • addressing some of the legal challenges that might arise from such coordinated action; • discussing the key emerging technologies [...]

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Research report, expert opinion
Language English
Title Exploring the opportunities and challenges of new technologies for EU tax administration and policy
Location Luxembourg
Academic institution European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs¿ Sub Committee on Tax Matters (FISC)
Year 2021
URL https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2021/695458/IPOL_STU%282021%29695458_EN.pdf

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Owens, Jeffrey (Details)
Lazarov, Ivan (Details)
Araujo Lage E Oliveira Costa, Nathalia (Details)
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Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law IN (Details)
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