Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Double Taxation again -updated 10/03/2011

UPDATED 12th March 2011   ----- of individuals and companies in Europe.
This includes many British pensioners who have ‘UK Government Pensions’! Teachers, Fire and Police, Military, LGOs and so on in France.
At the end of April 2010 The European Commission launched an online public consultation to ask anyone for information on double taxation problems that they have encountered within the EU. The consultation ran until 30 June 2010.
EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, Algirdas Šemeta, said: “Double taxation can deter cross-border activity in the EU and the functioning of the Internal Market. I am determined to tackle this obstacle. This consultation will help us to assess the real scale and financial impact of double taxation for citizens and businesses. I will then work towards finding the most appropriate and effective solutions."
The aim of the public consultation was to identify clearly the nature of the problems that EU taxpayers are facing and the extend to which many individuals and companies are encountering the problem of being taxed on the same income or profits in two or more different Member States.
Mr. Semeta indicated areas of difficulty for all kinds of taxpayers. This Blog has demonstrated clearly that for the British pensioner in France it means that they cannot benefit from tax rebates on tax paid to the UK.   Mr Semeta said ‘it is not clear how well the Double Taxation Conventions work’. This blog knows they do not! Look at Spreadsheet (click) –If your income is middling and you need a home-help it affects you.
The EU consultation concerns all direct taxes – The Commission is also inviting suggestions on how to effectively and rapidly remedy the double taxation identified.
Following the end of the consultation period [JUNE 30th 2010], the Commission published a summary of all contributions received. It analysed the replies in detail and used them in preparing possible initiatives for EU action in the field of direct taxation.
Anyone was invited to reply to the consultation by completing the questionnaire online
The Blog’s author completed a personal questionnaire . SEE Concern3 (click) on this site. The published report was linked here -
[UPDATE - April 2013 - The report seems to have been taken down. - The following link may give some guidance?]

I have to say - It doesn't get one very far! My comments were noted and shared I see by a Belgian.
Further recommendations are promised!
Postal address: European Commission
Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union
Rue de Spa 3, Office 8/007
B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32-2-29 56377

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