The UK's patent box regime under which companies can get significant tax reductions for income deriving from patented products has been criticized by several countries, notably Germany (see here), as resulting in unfair competition for foreign investment. This blog noted back in July that the EU commission was looking into the issue.
|Germany's Finance Minister lecturing his audience|
about the evils of the patent box
It's probably not surprising that the report is at least generally supportive of favourable tax treatment of intellectual property given that a number of countries have introduced such regimes over the years (although Ireland abandoned their tax break, as reported here). The report's main recommendation is that there needs to be a clear link between the revenues and the IP right. This will probably complicate calculations in the future, but the authors noted that taxpayers may chose this in order to exploit the opportunity to benefit from an optional tax benefit. Indeed by harmonising the reporting requirements among different jurisdictions may lead to an overall reduction in complexity.
|German chancellor Angela Merkel's|