EPSU welcomes new EU rules on automatic tax information exchange but who will use them?

(Brussels, 15 October 2014) The EU Economic and Financial Affairs Council of Ministers agreed, unanimously, on 14 October to extend the scope of a directive on mandatory automatic exchange of information between tax administrations. (En français ci-dessous)

The amendment to the directive on administrative cooperation in the field of direct taxation brings in interests, dividends and other income as well as account balances and sale proceeds from financial assets, within the scope of the automatic exchange of information.

This is a welcome decision. We agree with Council that it is yet another step towards ending bank secrecy. It is an essential tool we have long called for to bring transparency on the trillions of Euros of undeclared and untaxed wealth, a large part of which is owned by EU citizens.” says EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan.

But to be an effective tool against tax dodging by the wealthy, the automatic exchange of information must be used not just passed on. This requires more human and material resources in tax administrations in the EU and other parts of the world. Yet, as our new research will shortly show, EU governments continue doing exactly the opposite. Since 2008, more than 56 000 jobs have been axed, with Greece and the UK in the top league, and more job losses are planned.”

If governments don’t put a halt to job cuts, automatic exchange of information will be a very good tool but with very few hands to use it” concludes Jan Willem Goudriaan.

For more information contact Pablo Sanchez (+32) 474626633 psanchez@epsu.org

L'échange automatique d'informations fiscales étendu à tous les revenus au sein de l'U.E, c'est un pas en avant pour la justice fiscale

Mais, qui va utiliser ces informations? De moins en moins de fonctionnaires fiscaux et des conditions de travail qui se détériorent partout réduisent à néant ces effets d'annonce. Quand va-t-on se décider à réinvestir en moyens humains dans les services publics fiscaux et dans la justice?
Nous attendons des engagements forts dans ce sens de nos responsables politiques. Sinon, leur hypocrisie ne servira que les ennemis de la démocratie.
Le communiqué ci-dessous de l'EPSU (Union européenne des syndicats des services publics) fait le point sur la question.