Intermediaries promoting aggressive, cross-border tax schemes must report those plans to authorities, after MEPs gave their backing to new proposals on Thursday.
MEPs voted by 541 votes to 33 votes with 61 abstentions to back a proposal which would mean service providers who design or promote such plans, would have to provide details of their schemes in a central directory. The disclosed information would then be made automatically available to national tax authorities in all member states.
The previous evening, MEPs debated another measure in the EU's toolkit in the fight against money laundering, tax avoidance and evasion. During a debate on the EU blacklist of tax havens, MEPs from across the political divide deplored the lack of transparency surrounding the compilation of the list.