“Europeans want to tax Google in Europe, but they don’t want China to tax Louis Vuitton in China.”

Rolling leaks documenting aggressive practices of personal and corporate tax evasion and optimisation, combined with the global financial crisis, has prompted states to get serious about stepping up international coordination in taxation matters. Great progress has been made in tackling base erosion and profit shifting measures; but it is the underlying philosophy of taxation itself that is being redefined in debates within the OECD in order to properly capture an increasingly globalised and digitalised economy.

This analysis results from the seminar on the ‘Taxation Governance in Global Markets: Challenges, Risks and Opportunities’, organised with the EUI’s Florence School of Banking and Finance and the OECD in Paris.


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