ATAD II Directive formally adopted


On 29 May 2017, the EU’s Council (in the Competitiveness Council configuration) formally adopted the Council Directive amending Directive (EU) 2016/1164 as regards hybrid mismatches with third countries (ATAD II) without further discussion. The amended Directive (ATAD II) has a broader scope than ATAD I as it also covers hybrid mismatches with third countries and more categories of mismatches. The formal adoption of ATAD II follows the political agreement reached by EU Member States in the ECOFIN Council already on 21 February 2017 and the opinion of the European Parliament issued on 27 April 2017.

MSs will need to transpose the provisions of ATAD II by 31 December 2019 and apply them per 1 January 2020. This applies to both mismatches between MSs and between MSs and third countries. By way of derogation, the reverse hybrid entity rule (requiring taxation of income to the extent not otherwise taxed) will need to be transposed by 31 December 2021 and applied per 1 January 2022. Payments to reverse hybrids will however not be deductible anymore from 1 January 2020.

We refer to a PwC EUDTG newsletter in this respect, which you can read here.

For more insights and to understand the implications for your organisation, please contact Pieter Deré.