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  • Service: Tax, Domestic Tax Services, Private Company (KPMG Enterprise) Tax Services
  • Date: 5/21/2014

EU Financial Transaction Tax Delayed Until 2016 

Global Tax Adviser


May 20, 2014


Participating EU member states have reportedly agreed to implement a scaled-down version of the proposed financial transaction tax (FTT) starting in 2016. The participating member states include Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain. It is intended that the FTT, a European transactions tax that was originally proposed to be levied on financial institutions carrying out transactions in securities and derivatives, will initially apply only to shares and certain derivatives.

The participating member states were also urged to keep the other member states informed of any developments, since this tax will impact both participating and non-participating member states.

The FTT was intended to cover a wide range of financial transactions, including the purchase and sale of financial instruments and the conclusion of derivatives agreements. In general, the proposed rate of tax was 0.1% for shares and bonds and 0.01% for derivatives.

In September 2013, The European Union's legal service released a legal opinion that concluded that the FTT exceeded Member States' jurisdiction for taxation and that the tax was not compatible with certain existing EU laws.

In December 2013, the participating EU Member States agreed to delay the implementation of the FTT until 2015 at the earliest.


For more information, see "EU Council Progress on EU Financial Transaction Tax [PDF 176Kb]", prepared by KPMG's EU Tax Centre.


For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.



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