Global Tax Adviser, December 15, 2015 .The EU will now require its member states to automatically exchange information on advance cross-border tax rulings and advance pricing arrangements (APAs) under an EU directive, adopted on December 8, 2015. As a result of this new directive, the following rules will apply to EU member states as of January 1, 2017:
EU member states receiving information about advance cross-border tax rulings and advance pricing arrangements will be able to request further information (when appropriate)
The EU will develop a "secure central directory" for storing the information that is being exchanged and, for the purpose of the directive, the directory will be accessible to all EU Member States
When one EU Member State issues an advance tax ruling or transfer pricing arrangement, any other affected EU Member State may monitor the situation and the possible impact on its tax revenue.
Countries may be able to exclude advance tax rulings and APAs from the information exchange, but only if they were issued to companies with an annual net turnover of less than â‚¬40 million at the group level, and only if they were amended or renewed before April 1, 2016. This exemption will not apply to companies conducting "mainly financial or investment activities."
There are two other important rules concerning rulings issued before 2017:
The new rules will be applied from January 1, 2017. In the meantime, existing obligations for member states to exchange information will stay in place.
For more information, see KPMG Global's TaxNewsFlash, "EU: Directive on Automatic Exchange of Tax Rulings", or contact your KPMG adviser.
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