EU - Group to study taxation of digital economy 

December 12: The European Commission today opened the first meeting of the “high level expert group on digital taxation” which will consider how best to tax the digital economy—particularly in light of measures to address corporate tax avoidance.

According to an EC release [PDF 73 KB], taxation needs to be re-aligned to support the growth of the digital sector, while at the same time digital companies must pay their fair share of taxes. Accordingly—


  • The expert group will identify the key problems with digital taxation from an EU perspective, and present possible solutions.
  • The EC will then develop any EU initiatives necessary to improve the tax framework for the digital sector in Europe.

It is anticipated the expert group will report back to the EC by summer 2014.


The EU, in parallel, will continue to contribute actively to the work underway at a global level in this sphere, within the context of the OECD's project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), with an aim of providing a coherent and complementary approach to digital taxation at EU and international levels.




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