Proposals for a European Union Financial Transactions Tax

Proposals for a European Union Financial Transactions Tax

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The proposals made by the EU Commission on 28 September 2011 regarding an EU directive on a common system of financial transaction taxation in the 27 Member States of the EU have been debated widely in the three weeks since they were presented. The presentation of the proposed Directive (the "Directive"), together with proposals to amend Directive 2008/7/EC concerning indirect taxes on the raising of capital, represent the latest stage in a series of announcements by EU authorities directed towards ensuring that the European financial sector should "contribute more fairly" towards the costs of addressing and rectifying the current European financial crisis. A series of conclusions from the European Council, communications addressed to the European Parliament and EU Commission staff working papers and consultations throughout 2010 and 2011 have created a platform upon which the relative merits of various options for taxing the financial sector have been analysed.

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