The Importance of a Common Definition of Tax Crime and Its Impact on Criminal Countermeasures in the EU: An Explorative Study

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Abstract

Tax crimes have continued to overreach legal clarity, enforcement certainty, fiscal performance and effective public policy in the European Union (EU). The criminal justice countermeasures that have been devised to confront the vitality, intransigence and impacts of tax crimes have consequently been far from being effective and efficient. Guided by the research outputs of an EU funded PROTAX, an advanced solution-hunting research project for tax crimes, this article identifies the uncertainties embedded in the definition of tax crimes in the legal frameworks across the EU Member States as one of the key impediments that weaken the resolve to fight against tax crimes in the EU effectively. By utilising empirical and comparative legal research, this article delves into the main gaps in the criminalisation of tax evasion behaviour. It urges for the development of new methods that can effectively counter tax crimes in the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Article number423
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Law Enforcement Research Bulletin
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020

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Keywords

  • Tax crime
  • criminal liability
  • countermeasures
  • EU
  • PROTAX

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