Contradicting views of exit taxation under OECD MC and TFEU: are exit taxes still allowed in Europe?

F. Souza de Man, T. Albin

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Already for some years, exit taxation has been a hot topic, especially within the EU. While this form of taxation is widely accepted in the international sphere, it remains arguable whether it infringes the freedom of establishment and/or capital movement. So far, due to the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), it has been accepted that, if specific requirements are complied with, exit taxes are still allowed in the EU. In this article, the authors argue that, in spite of what the ECJ proclaims, exit taxes are not permitted in the EU anymore. The analysis and comparison of the nature of an exit tax, mainly its tax base, and the alleged exit tax currently allowed in the EU demonstrate that, as a matter of fact, when speaking of an accepted exit tax, the ECJ is prescribing a new allocation of taxing rights between the Member States.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-625
Number of pages13
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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