6th CFE Professional Affairs Conference on 22 November 2013 in Milan
International and EU action against “harmful tax practices” is extending the concept of abuse of law. Hitherto legal structures are increasingly moved into a grey area. The loss of legal certainty resulting from this for tax payers is not merely a side effect of governments´ desire for more flexibility in defending their tax bases and finding ways to increase tax collection. Indeed it is intended as a deterrent for taxpayers and their advisers.
More and more, tax administrations are seeking a wider commitment from tax advisers in terms of what advice is acceptable in respect of a legitimate tax burden.
Will an advice given today be considered abusive in the future? Tax advisers do not only have to adapt their daily practice to this changing environment, but they also have to worry about consequences from past advice given to clients. Tax advisers have to manage not only the risks clients face but also their own risks: apart from the risk of civil liability to the client, there is a threat of disciplinary sanctions and even criminal penalties.
High-level speakers from governments, international organisations, business and tax practitioners will seek clarity on these issues.
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