ETAF answers to the European Commission's consultation on SAFE

October 12, 2022

On 11 October 2022, ETAF replied to the European Commission's public consultation on a proposal for a Directive to tackle the role of enablers that facilitate tax evasion and aggressive tax planning (Securing the Activity Framework for Enablers – SAFE).

Our core messages are the following:

  • Before releasing new measures, existing regulation should be thoroughly evaluated first.
  • Regulated tax professionals are not “enablers”; they are rather “preventers” of aggressive tax planning.
  • Regulated tax professionals have to be excluded from the scope of SAFE.
  • To tackle the core of the problem, the material scope must stay limited to complex structures in non-EU countries.
  • Clear definition of aggressive tax planning is crucial for the daily work of tax professionals.
  • An EU register would only make sense for non-regulated tax professionals
ETAF is a registered organisation in the EU Transparency Register, with the register identification number 760084520382-92.

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