Ireland does not engage in “harmful tax competition” says European Commission

Officials face tough questioning on corporation tax plan at Oireachtas inquiry

  Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath accused European Commission officials of “seeking to rewrite our entire corporation tax code” at the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath accused European Commission officials of “seeking to rewrite our entire corporation tax code” at the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform committee. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ireland does not engage in “harmful tax competition” in the European Union, the European Commission has told an Oireachtas inquiry, in a marked change of tone from previous criticisms.

Defending plans for changes to the EU’s corporate tax rules, the Commission officials rejected charges that they would lead, if implemented, to the harmonisation of rates across the Union.

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