Brussels, 22 November 2007
Modernising fiscal procedures: the European Commission welcomes adoption of the Fiscalis 2013 Programme by the Council
The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the Council of the Fiscalis 2013 programme (see IP/06/639) for the period 2008-2013. The new programme aims at providing Member States with means to better combat tax fraud and to cut compliance costs for traders in the VAT and excise duties areas. It will continue to stimulate cooperation between tax authorities and assist them in developing an appropriate balance between efficiency of controls and burdens on taxable persons. It will also contribute to the development and management of trans-European IT tax systems.
László Kovács, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs said: “I am very happy of the adoption of the Fiscalis 2013 Programme. National tax administrations need to be modernised and to strengthen cooperation in order to be efficient in the fight against fiscal fraud. The Fiscalis 2013 programme will actively contribute to enhance cooperation between tax administrations and to implement IT systems allowing quick exchange of information."
The Fiscalis 2013 programme will continue the works undertaken under the Fiscalis 2007 programme.
Main objectives of the Fiscalis 2013 programme are:
At an operational level, the new programme would in particular:
The new programme's impact ranges far beyond the
direct stakeholders which are the national tax administrations of the Member
States: the Fiscalis 2013 programme will contribute to more efficient and
targeted tax controls by national tax administrations so that reliable traders
will benefit from less compliance burden.
 VIES : IT system enabling Member States to obtain VAT information on intra-Community transactions. Some VIES data are also accessible to the public via "VIES on the web" which enables internet confirmation of the validity of the VAT identification number of a taxable person