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European Commission CCCTB proposal will not end corporate tax dodging

Last week, the European Commission announced its long awaited proposal on a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB). However, rather than including 'consolidation' at this stage, the Commission suggested that the proposal be broken into two halves, with consolidation coming at a later, unspecified date. Campaigners were critical of this move, citing new loopholes that have been included in the current proposal, and pointing out that without consolidation problems of transfer pricing and corporate tax dodging will not be solved.

Member Report

A new report from Eurodad member SOMO, “The impact of letterbox-type practices on labour rights and public revenue: Four case studies”, reveals how businesses use ‘letterbox practices’ to not only lower corporate taxes, but to get around labour laws and collective agreement. It features case studies from Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden, covering the meat, road transport, car manufacturing and construction sectors. The report also found that the vast majority of foreign investment in the Netherlands and Luxembourg is related to reducing tax payments in countries of operation.



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What’s New

A new report has found that EU and US development funds provided nearly US$120 million to a palm oil company, Feronia Inc, despite land and labour conflicts at its plantations in the DRC.

A new article on the Eurodad report For Whose Benefit? A Different Perspective on Tax Inspectors Without Borders has been published by Latindadd. The article is written by report author Hernán Cortés Saenz, and covers the key findings of his investigation.

Eurodad´s Tove Ryding was quoted in the Financial Times (behind a paywall), Euranet Plus, the EUobserver and Politico as part of their coverage of the European Commission’s proposal for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base.

Bloomberg BNA spoke to Ryding as part of their coverage of the implications of a possible cut to the UK corporate tax rate.
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