Upcoming Event

Jan
24
12:30

Corporate taxation in the digital era

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How can we address digital taxation in the EU? Is the proposed "equalisation tax" on turnover the best policy to tackle the challeges posed by digital taxation?

January 24, 2018, 12:30 pm Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Public | On the Record Livestreamed Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

Current tax rules were designed for the traditional economy and do not apply to activities of digital corporations that require no physical presence in the country where goods and services are sold.

In September, the finance ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Spain sent a letter to the Estonian EU presidency and the European Commission asking the EU executive to design a “equalisation tax” on turnover of digital companies in the EU. Motivated by

– the subsequent and ongoing debate in the ECOFIN over the effectiveness and the necessity of such a tax measure,

– the conclusion of the European Council on December 5th that an action on the taxation of digital corporations is necessary because the digital economy is challenging the agreed concepts of international tax rules.

This event will discuss challenges as well as different options and ways to effectively address digital taxation in Europe.

This event will be livestreamed on this page starting at 13:00 CET on 24 January. It is not necessary to register to watch the livestream.

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Schedule

Jan 24, 2018

12:30-13:00

Check-in and lunch

13:00-13:05

Welcoming speech

Guntram B. Wolff, Director

13:05-13:20

Speech

Stephen Quest, Director General, European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union

13:20-14:00

Panel discussion

Johannes Becker, Professor and Director of Institute of Public Economics, University of Muenster

Dmitri Jegorov, Deputy Secretary-General for Tax and Customs Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Stephen Quest, Director General, European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union

Stef van Weeghel, Global Tax Policy Leader at PwC, Professor of International Tax Law, University of Amsterdam

14:00-14:30

Q&A

14:30

End

Speakers

Johannes Becker

Professor and Director of Institute of Public Economics, University of Muenster

Dmitri Jegorov

Deputy Secretary-General for Tax and Customs Policy, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Stephen Quest

Director General, European Commission, DG Taxation and Customs Union

Stef van Weeghel

Global Tax Policy Leader at PwC, Professor of International Tax Law, University of Amsterdam

Location & Contact

Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels

Matilda Sevon

matilda.sevon@bruegel.org

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