Time to Stop Avoiding the Tax Avoidance Issue in Croatia? A Proposal Based on Recent Developments in the European Union
Financial Theory and Practice, 38(1), 2014
26 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 21, 2014
The paper takes a tax policy perspective in analysing the approach to tax avoidance in Croatia and expounding its existing shortcomings. It is argued that Croatia is yet to develop a coherent legislative framework suitable for curbing tax avoidance in an equitable, efficient and simple way. One instrument that has hitherto been ignored is the general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR), a keystone of anti-avoidance policies in other countries. The authors propose the introduction of a specific GAAR, based on recent developments in the European Union (EU), in Croatian tax legislation. This proposal is supported by multiple tax policy arguments. Special emphasis is placed on the requirements of legal certainty, a traditional weak spot of the Croatian tax system. The proposal is put in the context of the persistent quest for a sustainable public finance system in times of crisis.
Keywords: General Anti-Avoidance Rules; Tax Avoidance; Tax Law; Tax Abuse
JEL Classification: K34
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