Joint Perspectives on Fair and Sustainable Taxation – Open research seminar Brussels, November 21st 2017
The EU confronts increasing and persistent inequalities in income, wealth and opportunity and between generations, gender and regions. One common underlying factor is deficiencies in fiscal systems. FairTax tries to find answers how fair and sustainable taxation and social policy reforms can increase the economic stability of EU Member States. COFFERS identifies deficiencies and opportunities for upgrading in tax law, tax policy development, tax administration and enforcement.
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On 16 May 2017 Petr Janský took part in an annual workshop in Prague on tax havens for academic and private-sector experts as well as public officials (see http://danoveraje.pef.czu.cz/, in Czech, for details).
In his presentation titled “International corporate tax avoidance” he presented some research carried out within the COFFERS project as well as some earlier research findings relating to the scale of tax havens’ impact. A section of his talk presented a draft of a paper called “Estimating the scale of corporate profit shifting: Tax revenue losses related to foreign direct investment” written jointly with another COFFERS team member, Miroslav Palanský. The paper uses bilateral foreign direct investment data to estimate, at country level, tax revenue losses that result from some corporate profit shifting practices.
For the second time, the steering committee of the COFFERS team met for a workshop in Vienna the 8th of March 2017. Located in the Biedermeier Mercure Hotel, the team discussed new theoretical approaches to ecosystem analysis and its application for COFFERS. The Workshop leaders presented their former and future work plans. Ronen Palan, Lucia Flores Rossel and Peter Gerbrands presented theoretical findings related to Working Package 1 (theoretical background) and Working Package 6 (policy evaluation).