The Compatibility of Exit Tax Legislation Applicable to Corporate Taxpayers in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and The United Kingdom with the EU Freedom of Establishment – Part 1

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Series Details Vol.44, No.1, January 2016, p40–62
Publication Date January 2016
ISSN 0165-2826
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This three-part article discusses the compatibility of exit tax legislation applicable to corporate taxpayers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom with the EU freedom of establishment, especially in the light of the ECJ’s landmark National Grid decision. Part 1 scrutinizes whether a company transferring its tax residence or effecting an outbound cross-border conversion has access to Articles 49 and 54 TFEU under the laws of the Member State. It also addresses whether these laws restrict Article 49, and, if so, whether the restriction can be justified and is appropriate to ensure the attainment of its objective. Parts 2 and 3, each to be published in subsequent Intertax issues, review whether the legislation is proportional, address which other transactions the ECJ’s exit tax principles apply to, and provide conclusions and recommendations.

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