This is the second part of the authors’ blog on the Proposal for a Council Directive on Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) that the European Commission (EC) published on 12 September 2023. In this part we present our observations on the envisaged EU corporate tax framework BEFIT proposal. Reference is made to…

This is the first part of the authors’ blog on the Proposal for a Council Directive on Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation (BEFIT) that the European Commission (EC) published on 12 September 2023. In this part we present an outline of the backgrounds and basic elements of the BEFIT proposal. Reference is made…

Summary Vietnam reportedly considers granting subsidies to large multinationals with direct investments in the country, to compensate them for the higher taxes they may have to face there following the country’s introduction of Pillar Two domestic minimum top-up taxation rules per 2024. The OECD warned Vietnamese government officials that if subsidies to multinationals were found…

 Summary The Court of the European Free Trade Association – the EFTA equivalent of the CJEU – now also is demarcating the room for manoeuvre for the Member States in company tax matters within the scope of the EEA Treaty freedoms by reference to the arm’s-length standard. The EFTA Court does so in the same…

Prof.M.F. (Maarten) de Wilde[1] Summary Yesterday, on 14 March 2022, the OECD published the Commentary on the Pillar 2 Model Rules, the global minimum rate for large multinationals. When reading the first pages, the author was overwhelmed by the urge to write this opinion and, ‘equally, however’, to make a connection with an animal farm….

Prof.dr. M.F. (Maarten) de Wilde[1] Summary On 20 December 2021, the OECD published the announced Pillar Two Model Rules, as part of the envisaged establishment of a global 15% minimum level of company taxation for large multinationals (Pillar 2). No mechanism has been considered to provide for a parallel adaptation of countries’ tax treaty networks…

Maarten de Wilde* Summary On March 31, 2021, U.S. President Biden released his ‘American Jobs Plan’, an ambitious proposal for large scale public investments in infrastructure and other priorities. That same day the American President announced plans to offset the costs of these investments with U.S. corporate tax increase proposals: the ‘Made in America Tax…

Summary There might be a leak in the OECD’s global minimum tax proposals (GLOBE; Pillar Two). To address the remaining challenges of base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) by large multinational enterprises the OECD envisages a global minimum level of company taxation and top-up taxation by countries up to that level where other countries do…