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23 September 2014

EBF: Tax Conference reviews complexities of Common Reporting Standard

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The 2014 international tax conference of the EBF has reviewed Sundays endorsement by G20 Finance Ministers of the CRS that the Organisation for OECD proposed as a model for a global Automatic Exchange of Information.

The conference was an opportunity for the EBF to express its concerns about the CRS: its lack of proportionality, the crucial need for consistency across jurisdictions and for full EU-OECD alignment, the need for a proper examination of all legal and constitutional implications, notably in the field of data protection, and the need for the immediate creation of a review process. The CRS model will require financial institutions to automatically exchange detailed account information with tax authorities in their country.

In addition the conference discussed the impact of a possible tax on financial transactions, known as FTT. This tax threatens to introduce regulatory and tax uncertainty in the 11 EU Member States that are currently considering it and risks damaging economic growth in Europe as whole.

Marie Rosvall, Chair of the EBF Fiscal Committee, says: "Policy makers shouldn't forget fundamental legal principles when developing and adopting important measures such as Automatic Exchange of Information and Financial Transaction Tax under fast-track procedures."

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