Tax Harmonisation in Europe - The Determination of Corporate Taxable Income in the EU Member States
39 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2007 Last revised: 26 Aug 2008
Date Written: 2007
The aim of this paper is twofold. First, we want to examine whether and if so, to what extent, the concept of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) meets the requirements of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) for the EU-wide activities of multinationals as proposed by the European Commission. Second, we estimate the consequences on the effective levels of company tax burdens in selected EU member states if IFRS are considered as a tool for defining the tax base. Our analysis reveals that IFRS could provide elements of a common and harmonised European tax base in certain areas. In particular, tax accounting still has to follow the realisation principle. Therefore, IFRS fair value-accounting cannot be adopted for tax purposes. A transition to tax accounting on the basis of IFRS has only minor effects on the effective tax burdens of companies.
Keywords: International Company Taxation, Effective Tax Burden, Tax Accounting, International Accounting Standards/ International Financial Reporting Standards, Common Consolidated tax base, European Union
JEL Classification: H21, H25
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