Members' Research Service By / January 30, 2023

Tax transparency rules for crypto-asset transactions (DAC8) [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Union Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC) dates back to 2011.

© Arsenii / Adobe Stock

Written by Pieter Baert (3rd edition, updated on 08.09.2023).

The crypto-asset sector, while still relatively new, has already changed the world of payments and investment forever. The fast-changing, mobile nature of the sector and its growing market prominence poses challenges, however, for tax authorities, which are not always able to track the capital gains made from trading crypto-assets.

On 8 December 2022, the European Commission proposed to set up a reporting framework which would require crypto-asset service providers to report transactions made by EU clients. This would help tax authorities to track the trade of crypto-assets and the proceeds gained, thereby reducing the risk of tax fraud and evasion. The reporting framework would be set-up by amending the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC), which is the main framework for other data exchanges between tax authorities. The proposal also puts forward a series of (smaller) changes to improve the existing exchange of tax-related information.

The proposed directive is subject to a special legislative procedure, requiring unanimous support in the Council, following consultation of the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee. The Council agreed its general approach on the proposal during the meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council of May 2023. Parliament is expected to vote its opinion during its September 2023 plenary session.


Proposal for amending Directive 2011/16/EU on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation
Committee responsible:Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON)COM(2022) 707
Rapporteur: Rasmus Andresen (Greens/EFA, Germany2022/0413(CNS)
Shadow rapporteurs:Lidia Pereira (EPP, Portugal)
Pedro Marques (S&D, Portugal)
Martin Hlaváček (Renew, Czechia)
Andżelika Anna Możdżanowska (ECR, Poland)
José Gusmão (The Left, Portugal)
Consultation procedure
(CNS) – Parliament adopts
a non-binding opinion
Next steps expected: Vote in plenary
timeline CNS voted in plenary

Related Articles

Be the first to write a comment.

Leave a Reply