“A credible framework for preventing and fighting money laundering and terrorist financing is essential to maintain the integrity of the European financial system and reduce risks to financial stability.”
Valdis DombrovskisExecutive Vice-President of the European Commission
“The banking sector sees itself as being in the forefront of the fight against financial crime. It understands that to be effective this fight cannot remain solely in the hands of the public authorities or solely in the hands of the industry.”
Wim MijsEBF Chief Executive Officer
“I will stand for fair taxes – whether for brick and mortar industries or digital businesses.”
Ursula von der Leyen President of the European Commission
Taxation and anti-money laundering (AML) compliance activities are pivotal in the role that banks play in society
Banks as gatekeepers
Through their mission as gatekeepers of the financial system, banks control the access of individuals and corporates to financial and payment services.
AML competent authorities extensively rely on banks in their fight against financial crime through a series of due diligence, transactions monitoring and reporting requirements. In addition, banks perform financial sanctions screening,
Through ad hoc due diligence and reporting requirements, banks ensure the tax transparency of customers hence supporting tax authorities in their fight against tax evasion. In their capacity as custodians and intermediaries in cross-border portfolio investments, banks also help investors obtain withholding tax relief or refund to which they are entitled to
While complying with these requirements, banks manage their client base and protect themselves against the potential risks which may be associated with their clients’ status, home country and activities.
Banks as taxpayers
Banks are themselves taxpayers and largely contribute to public finance, mainly through the corporate income tax and the input VAT
Impact on banks’ profitability
Compliance activities are not profit-generating activities for banks. However, compliance costs and taxes have a major impact on the profit and loss account.
Tackling financial crime
Financial sanctions regimes
Tax transparency and reporting of customers
Withholding tax relief and refund
Corporate taxation in the digital age
VAT on financial services
Senior Policy Adviser - Tax & Compliance
Assistant - Prudential Policy & Supervision
European Banking Federation
The European Banking Federation is the voice of the European banking sector, bringing together national banking associations from across Europe. The federation is committed to a thriving European economy that is underpinned by a stable, secure and inclusive financial ecosystem, and to a flourishing society where financing is available to fund the dreams of citizens, businesses and innovators everywhere.
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