Promoting the internal market and economic growth
Taxation is central to national sovereignty. Tax revenues provide governments with the money they need to exist and function effectively. In addition, tax laws reflect the fundamental choices of different EU countries in important areas of public expenditure, such as education, health and pensions. They influence private consumption and savings and set a financial framework for business activity and environmental issues. This is why the power to raise taxes and set tax rates lies with national governments. So what role can the EU play in making taxation fairer, easier, and more efficient for... governments, companies and citizens? This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Communication (European Commission) Themes: Taxation, Activities of the institutions and bodies
- Subject: capital transfer tax, Community tax, corporation tax, digital technology, dissemination of EU information, enhanced cooperation, European tax cooperation, excise duty, international tax law, personal income tax, public awareness campaign, single market, tax, tax avoidance, tax harmonisation, tax law, tax system, VAT rate, vehicle tax
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