On 26 November, European Tax Administrations and the European Commission held their yearly summit (TADEUS), to address challenges and set out priorities in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s meeting particularly focused on tax compliance, on the need for administrative cooperation and improved coordination of the development of intra-European IT systems. Tax administrations have a prominent role to play, not only in delivering support and services during the COVID-19 crisis, but also in ensuring the resilience of Member State and EU budgets.
Gerassimos Thomas, TAXUD Director-General, emphasized the need for an enhanced culture of tax compliance and for using the pandemic as a catalyst for digital transformation. Members also discussed the ample operational and financial support offered by the European Commission, including though available Union instruments like the Recovery and Resilience Facility and the Technical Support Instrument.