EC Investigates Cross-Border Workers Tax Issues

EC Investigates Cross-Border Workers Tax Issues

13 April 2012

The European Commission is launching an initiative to ensure that ‘cross-border’ workers are not discriminated against in their tax affairs.

With worker mobility identified as one of the key drivers to increase growth and employment across Europe, bureaucrats are keen to ensure that the estimated 1.2 million cross-border workers in the EU are treated fairly.

To this end, the Commission – throughout 2012 - will carry out a thorough assessment of national direct taxes to determine whether they create unfair disadvantages for workers that live in one EU country but work in another.

Where discrimination or breaches are found, the commission will flag them to the national authorities and insist “the necessary amendments are made”. The move is part of a wider campaign to tear down tax obstacles that deter cross border mobility.

The commission will look at the situation for employed, dependent and self-employed workers and pensioners.

More information is available from the Europa website.

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