Corporate Tax in the European Union: Tax Harmonisation vs Tax Competition



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Code :ITF0013

Year :
2004

Industry : General Business

Region : :Europe

Teaching Note:Not Available

Structured Assignment : Not Available

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Abstract: The European Union (EU) was the largest single market in the world. The idea of harmonising the corporate tax rate, to further the goal of a single market that provides similar conditions to companies across national borders, has been floated in the EU for sometime now but has not been acceptable to all the countries. As investment conditions within the EU become more homogenous, individual countries like Ireland have used tax competition as a means of differentiating themselves and attracting foreign investment. The expansion of the EU on May 1 st 2004 has brought the issue back into the limelight. High tax member states like Germany have strongly argued for tax harmonisation and a minimum corporate tax rate, while low tax member states like Ireland and the new EU members have opposed any such proposal

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the conflict of interests within the EU on the issue of corporate tax
  • To discuss the merits and demerits of tax harmonisation and tax competition

    Keywords : Corporate tax in the European Union, Tax harmonisation, tax competition, European Competition Commission, Fiscal Policy Case Study, Foreign direct investment, Structural funds, Labour productivity, Unemployment, Fiscal dumping, Single market, GDP (gross domestic product) growth, Gerhard Schroeder, Turnaround by tax policy, Ireland, Growth and stability pact, Fiscal deficits

    Contents :
    » CORPORATE TAXATION IN THE EU COUNTRIES
    » NEW EUMEMBERS AND “FISCAL DUMPING”
    » TAXHARMONISATION VS TAX COMPETITION


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