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Trading in the European Union (EU) is crucial to global business success for many multinational enterprises. But managing the impact of European law on 28 different country-level tax systems can prove a daunting challenge.

Our EU Tax Services professionals are:

  • Highly qualified tax advisors
  • Based in every member state
  • Informed on new legal developments on the level of domestic law as well as on the level of the EU

How we can help:

Our EU tax professionals provide multidisciplinary insights and experience to help you build proactive and integrated tax strategies that address EU tax opportunities and risks.

They provide advice on a wide range of EU tax. For example, their experience encompasses the structuring of complex cross-border company reorganizations or the representation of clients before courts including the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Our professionals are also experienced in assessing:

  • EU tax implications on transfer pricing
  • A company’s risk exposure in relation to State aid.

It’s how we make a difference.

European Commission investigates advance tax rulings

The European Commission is currently investigating advance tax rulings, including APAs, which were granted by Member State’s tax authorities to companies. The European Commission is checking these rulings on their compatibility with EU State aid law. Although State aid law is primarily directed at the Member States themselves, the recovery of unlawful State aid from the taxpayer, e.g. tax advantages, could have severe financial consequences on the taxpayer.

Our EU Tax Services set up a special task force, the Central Technical Committee (CTC), to tackle comprehensively issues and questions arising due to the European Commission’s investigation. The CTC is comprised exclusively of tax professionals who have special expertise in the field of direct taxation and State aid law.

Amendments to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive (GAAR)

Recently, a general anti-abuse rule (GAAR) was inserted in the Parent-Subsidiary Directive. Member States now have to implement this new rule into their respective domestic law. The EU Tax Services launched a surveyand assessed the possible impact on the respective national law and treaty relations.


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Ernst & Young GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, Munich

Dr. Klaus von Brocke
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Stefan Müller
+49 89 14331 16635

Andreas Wohlhöfler
+ 49 89 14331 11284

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Daniel Smit
+31 88 407 84 99

Angele Muscat
+31 88 407 10 95

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