OECD BEPS Action Plan – Moving from talk to action in Europe

BEPS – Moving from talk to action in Europe

The OECD BEPS Action Plan publication series looks at how BEPS-related tax policy is evolving across the European, Americas and Asia Pacific regions in response to recommendations from the OECD. Since its initial launch in 2014, this three part series has been updated annually to reflect the final OECD recommendations that came out in October 2015, and the ways in which countries are responding.


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BEPS – Moving from talk to action in Europe

A whirlwind of international tax change continued to sweep the globe in the past year, and for tax executives in Europe, there is no end in sight. From broader requirements for tax transparency through more stringent transfer pricing policies to greater scrutiny of business substance, every country and every multinational company is feeling the impact.

This report is the fourth in our series of updates on how actions on BEPS policy are progressing in Europe. In these pages, international tax leaders from KPMG’s member firms in Europe offer insights on:

  • the impact of the BEPS debate on tax policy in Europe and selected European countries
  • recent and pending changes to tax codes ahead of or in step with the OECD recommendations
  • the changing attitudes of tax authorities as international tax reforms take hold
  • how international companies are reacting to and managing these reforms.

Our findings are set out in the following pages, starting with an overview of BEPS-related trends across the region, followed by an in-depth look at how events are unfolding in selected European countries. We conclude with strategic advice that tax directors of all international companies should consider now to guard against adverse change and thrive in Europe’s new tax reality.

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