I veckan behandlar Europaparlamentet "the proposal for a Council directive laying down rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market (COM(2016)0026 – C8-0031/2016 – 2016/0011(CNS))". [Länk»] Några nedslag bland de tillägg parlamentet vill se...
(9g) Proper identification of taxpayers is essential to effective exchange of information between tax administrations. The creation of a harmonised, common European taxpayer identification number (TIN) would provide the best means for this identification. It would allow any third party to quickly, easily and correctly identify and record TINs in cross-border relations and serve as a basis for effective automatic exchange of information between Member States tax administrations. The Commission should also actively work for the creation of a similar identification number on a global level, such as the Regulatory Oversight Committee's global Legal Entities Identifier (LEI).
European tax identification number
The Commission shall present a legislative proposal for a harmonised, common European taxpayer identification number by 31 December 2016, in order to make automatic exchange of tax information more efficient and reliable within the Union.
Mandatory automatic exchange of information on tax matters
In order to guarantee full transparency and the proper implementation of the provisions of this Directive, the exchange of information on tax matters shall be automatic and mandatory, as laid down by Council Directive 2011/16/EU1aTotal kontroll av medborgarnas ekonomi, med andra ord. Dessutom ytterligare ett steg på vägen mot EU som superstat och Bryssels så hett eftertraktade EU-skatt.
Det klickar även in rätt väl i EU:s försök att i många, små, diskreta steg införa ett EU-ID-kort.
Detta kommer säkert att applåderas av många som inte inser vilka risker ett sådant system kommer att medföra.
Av någon anledning drar jag mig till minnes sista kapitlet i George Orwells bok 1984...
"But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother."