opposes all tax increases as a matter of principle. We believe
in a system in which taxes are simpler, fairer, flatter, more
visible, and lower than they are today. The government’s power
to control one’s life derives from its power to tax. We
believe that power should be minimized.
ETR believes that lower taxation is the key for the success of
European unification as it is the key parameter to economic
success in Europe. Only if significantly lower taxation levels
Europe can improve its competitiveness and therefore create
jobs, wealth and prosperity, which are the key to safeguard the
European way of life.
In order to achieve this ETR believes in institutional
competition between EU member states and opposes further
competencies of the EU in the field of taxation.
The idea for a network of tax reformers appeared first in the
year 2003 when the Slovak Republic started to introduce
fundamental reform in the field of taxation. Further impetus was
given to the idea of a network like these by the success of tax
reform movement in the USA, which moved from reduction to
reduction since 2001. These reductions have put Europe under
heavy pressure to reform. Europe has generally responded too
late and too timid. We want to be the focus point of reform and
benchmark the realities of Europe. We want to name and shame and
measure the different models of taxation by the only valid
measure: the welfare of citizens.
ETR is organising the European Taxpayer Protection Pledge, a
written promise by legislators and candidates for office that
commits them to oppose any effort to increase income taxes on
individuals and businesses.
ETR is currently asking all new MEP and European Commissioners
and members of the European Council to sign the pledge. ETR
works with partners in all state taxpayer coalitions in all 25
states in order to draw up similar pledges for their respective
ETR is also open for all candidate countries and future
candidate countries of the European union of which some have
already done a great effort to reform their respective tax
ETR leads the fight to tell the success stories of these reform
movements and is focusing clearly on the success of the flat tax
in the Slovak republic which was introduced in 2004 with a 19%
rate for income, VAT and corporate taxation. The success of this
model is the driving force of many tax cuts in central Europe as
in Austria with corporate taxation of 25 % and the recent
announcement of tax cuts in Hungary, Others are sure to follow.
Europeans for Tax Reform strongly supports the concept of a
single rate, flat tax, and works to reduce the number of times
the same money is taxed.
ETR serves as a European network for the grassroots taxpayers’
movement by working with partners all over Europe who share our
ETR is a non-profit, non-partisan network.
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