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White Papers

The IBFD’s Knowledge Centre regularly releases White Papers, which result from extensive research conducted by IBFD’s research staff. These Papers aim to enlighten the international tax community on matters of significant interest. Although all relevant aspects were critically analysed, your feedback is always welcome.


External contributions that meet IBFD’s quality standard are also welcome. Should you wish to submit a white paper for publication please contact Bérénice Herisson by email or by phone +31-20-554 0327.

To download one of IBFD’s free White Papers on various international tax-related topics, click on the links provided to register. You will gain direct access to the IBFD Tax Research Platform. Note: If you do not have an account yet, you will be invited to register. Your Personal Details page must be complete in order to get access.

White Papers currently available:



New Chinese Rules on Special Tax Investigation Adjustments and Mutual Agreement Procedures

This White Paper reviews the recently released SAT Announcement [2017] on special tax adjustments and mutual agreement procedures.



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Will Trump’s Tax Reform Make America Great Again?

On 26 April 2017, the White House unveiled the core principles of Trump’s tax reform, which is meant to be “one of the biggest tax cuts in American history” and “the most significant tax reform since 1986”. This White Paper explains and comments on the reform proposal. 



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OECD Multilateral Convention: Flexibility versus the BEPS Project

The release of the OECD Multilateral Convention has revealed that states may decide to disregard many treaty-related measures of the OECD/G20 BEPS Project despite being signatories to it. This paper will look at the reasons behind such an astonishing degree of flexibility, not only in regard to the potential effectiveness of the Multilateral Convention but also in regard to its underlying objectives.

The text of the OECD Multilateral Convention (2016) is available and searchable on the IBFD Tax Research Platform.

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Trump’s Tax Plan

In this paper, the author provides a brief outline and analysis of Trump’s tax plan and draws comparisons with the tax plan proposed by House Republicans.
With the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump at hand, there is considerable interest in and apprehension about his innumerable campaign promises. For this paper, the author limits his focus to Trump’s tax-related proposals, which include a reduction of the corporate income tax rate and a consolidation of the individual income tax brackets.


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US Treasury Department expresses concerns with European Commission’s State aid investigations

This white paper outlines the main concerns that the US Treasury Department has expressed with regard to the European Commission’s new approach in its State aid investigations of transfer pricing rulings issued by EU Member States.



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Tax Rulings and State Aid Investigations: The Apple Case

Since June 2013, the European Commission has been investigating the compatibility of tax rulings granted by the Member States with EU State aid law. On 30 August 2016, it concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to EUR 13 billion to Apple. This White Paper examines and comments on the Commission’s policy on State aid, specifically with regard to the Apple case.


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European Union: Blacklists as a tool to fight tax avoidance

Blacklists are a commonly used instrument in the fight against tax avoidance. The European Union recognized the need for a uniform EU framework for addressing tax good governance concerns with third countries and initiated the development of a common EU list of noncooperative jurisdictions. This white paper provides a brief explanation of the EU policy on combating tax avoidance by means of blacklists.


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EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive – Overview and some prospective effects

On 12 July 2016, the Council of the European Union adopted the Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (the Directive). The implementation of the rules in the Directive will have several tax consequences at the EU level. This paper provides some brief technical background, describing the adopted rules and their prospective effects.



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Tax Treaties: Time for a New Approach?

The author revisits the question of whether tax treaties are necessary, and the possible alternatives to the current bilateral regime. The scholarship of distinguished academics and prominent practitioners, on whether the present treaty architecture adequately meets the demands of the modern-day business and investment landscape, is parsed.



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