International and EU action against “harmful tax practices” is extending the concept of abuse of law. Hitherto legal structures are increasingly moved into a grey area. The loss of legal certainty resulting from this for tax payers is not merely a side effect of governments´ desire for more flexibility in defending their tax bases and finding ways to increase tax collection. Indeed it is intended as a deterrent for taxpayers and their advisers.
After the G20 Summit which took place at the begining of September at the Konstantin Palace in St Petersburg, the CFE was warmly welcomed by the Chamber of Tax Advisers of Russia to host its General Assembly on 20 September 2013 and a number of technical meetings.
Following the CFE meetings in St Petersburg on 18-20 September 2013, we are pleased to inform you about the "ST PETERSBURG DECLARATION", signed by the attending Presidents of AOTCA, CFE and WAUTI, in the presence of representatives of the Japan Federation of Certified Public Tax Accountants' Associations, the Korean Association of Certified Public Tax Accountants and the participating CFE member bodies as listed in the appendix to the declaration.
For the first time in 2013 and on the initiative of CFE’s past president Stephen D.G. Coleclough, the CFE Award Albert Rädler Medal has been launched with the intention to encourage academic excellence in European taxation and also to recognize Albert Rädler’s highly renown contribution to the field of taxation within Europe.