Written by Cécile Remeur (1st edition),
Hybrid mismatch is a situation where a cross-border activity is treated differently for tax purposes by the countries involved, resulting in favourable tax treatment. Hybrid mismatches are used as aggressive tax planning structures, which in turn trigger policy reactions to neutralise their tax effects.
When adopting the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive in July 2016, the Council requested that the Commission put forward a proposal on hybrid mismatches involving third countries. The amendment proposed by the Commission on 25 October broadens the provisions of the directive accordingly. It seeks to neutralise mismatches by obliging Member States to deny the deduction of payments by taxpayers or by requiring taxpayers to include a payment or a profit in their taxable income.
As this is a tax measure, Parliament is consulted only, and the proposal will be adopted by the Council. The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee is preparing Parliament’s opinion.
|Proposal for a Council Directive amending Directive (EU) 2016/1164 as regards hybrid mismatches with third countries|
|Committee responsible:||Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)||
Consultation procedure – Parliament adopts only a non-binding opinion
|Rapporteur:||Olle Ludvigsson (S&D, Sweden)|
|Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland)
Pirkko Ruohonen-Lerner (ECR, Finland)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)
Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL, Ireland)
Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, France)
|Next steps expected:||Committee vote|