About: VAT fraud

Economy & Jobs 02-10-2018

Member states approve reduced tax for e-books and digital press

EU finance ministers reached an agreement on Tuesday (2 October) to allow willing member states to apply reduced VAT rates or even scrap taxes on electronic books and digital press.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2018

VAT overhaul accused of being contrary to EU treaties

The de-harmonisation of VAT rates put forward by the Commission has been flagged as unconstitutional. Moreover, the proposal to completely overhaul the primary European tax  faces much criticism. EURACTIV.fr reports.

A European FBI? Not quite

The European Commission's proposal for an independent body to investigate fraudulent use of EU funds and VAT crimes is long overdue. While not as fully-fledged as an EU version of the FBI, all member states should sign up to it - especially those who have currently opted out, writes Carl Dolan.

Commission offers softer rules to Hungary, Poland to sweeten EU prosecutor deal

EU Commissioner of Justice Věra Jourová said on Friday (6 October) that she is ready to simplify rules controlling cohesion expenditure if Poland and Hungary join the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

Jail terms for French carbon trading scammers

A top fraudster behind a tax scam in France using EU carbon emission rights was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday (13 September) as authorities press ahead with prosecutions over the €1.6 billion scandal.
Economy & Jobs 11-07-2017

How consumers and government can combat the shadow economy

Perhaps the clue is in its name but the shadow economy’s drain on economic growth and public finances can be difficult to recognise. And, unfortunately, consumers can often unwittingly contribute to its growth, writes George Simon.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2017

EU targets terror financing with VAT fraud crackdown

To gain the cooperation of reluctant countries such as Germany in its anti-fraud efforts, the EU executive is highlighting the link between VAT fraud and terrorism. EURACTIV France reports.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2017

Commission hails downsized EU public prosecutor as victory for ‘multi-speed Europe’

EU leaders agreed to slice up a controversial bill to open the first EU public prosecutor's office, with some backers calling it a victory of “multi-speed Europe” because it will free countries that opposed the new set-up to drop out.

France and Germany team up to push through EU public prosecutor’s office

France and Germany have proposed an enhanced cooperation procedure to overcome the reluctance of some EU member states and push through plans for a European public prosecutor's office. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Under pressure from national governments, Commission lowers VAT rates for e-books

Booksellers will be able to sell e-books with low VAT rates to match the discounts already applied to paper books under a change to EU tax law announced today (1 December).
Euro & Finance 13-09-2016

A cashless society is a fairer society

Greater transparency is key to combatting VAT fraud and the shadow economy, writes Jason Lane.
Energy 18-07-2016

Multi-billion EU carbon market fraud operated from Poland

The founder of Poland's biggest carbon quota brokerage firm, whose name appeared in connection with the Panama Papers, has been found guilty of VAT fraud and sentenced to jail in France. Warsaw denies wrongdoing, calling the multi-billion fraud an "unfortunate incident". EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 26-05-2016

EU carbon market fraudsters face heavy jail sentences

Carbon market fraud reveals the vulnerability of the EU's banking system. The speed of trading on the carbon market, coupled with lax enforcement in Cyprus and Lithuania, allowed French criminals to steal €283 million. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 08-04-2016

Commission revolutionises VAT to tackle fraud

VAT fraud costs EU taxpayers around €50 billion each year. But now the Commission is clamping down on this racket with an ambitious, if complex, overhaul of the European system. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 04-03-2016

EU auditors slam inaction on VAT fraud

Member states' unwillingness to cooperate laves them wide open to VAT fraud, the European Court of Auditors said on Thursday (3 March). This weakness costs the EU as much as €168 billion per year. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 03-02-2016

French pork farmers accuse Germany of VAT fraud

The French pork industry has lodged a complaint to the European Commission, accusing German farmers of VAT fraud worth €250 million. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 07-09-2015

Commission mulls VAT gap reform

The European Commission has published its third report on the 'VAT gap'. The situation has not improved since 2011. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 04-12-2014

Gas and electricity fraud force energy groups to speak out

Europe's ten largest gas and electricity associations have called upon the European Commission to enforce the 2013 directive on VAT fraud across all 28 member states. Only six states currently apply the directive. EURACTIV France reports
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Euro & Finance 14-11-2014

France moves to block fraudulent German car sales

The French Ministry of Finances wants to combat VAT fraud by changing the rules for selling foreign cars in France. Car dealers' profits have been hard hit by a wave of fraud. EURACTIV France reports
Trade & Society 12-02-2014

Brussels wages new battle against VAT fraud

The European Commission wants to ease tax information exchange with countries such as Norway and Russia which provide e-commerce and telecom services, but some big member states are still reluctant to share.
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Economy & Jobs 25-10-2013

Commission proposes standard VAT declaration for EU companies

The European Commission presented on Wednesday a new proposal to standarise VAT return for business and companies across Europe. Aiming at slashing red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient, this new regulation can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, according to the EU's executive.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2013

Commission proposed standard VAT return

Algirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner in charge of taxation, has proposed a uniform VAT return, in a move to simplify EU law.
Euro & Finance 10-05-2013

EU summit to grapple with tax havens, evasion and fraud

The European Commission's recent push against tax havens is likely to be diluted into a wider list of issues related to fighting tax evasion and fraud, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Climate change 18-03-2010

EU clamps down on carbon market fraud

EU finance ministers approved on Tuesday (16 March) a directive to clamp down on VAT fraud in carbon markets by allowing member states to shift the levy to the end user.

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