Global Tax Treaty Commentaries (GTTC)
The IBFD Global Tax Treaty Commentaries (GTTC) is the authoritative source for analysis and interpretation of tax treaty practices across the globe. This peer-reviewed, cutting-edge publication is authored by world-class academics and tax practitioners, providing both an academic and everyday approach to treaty policies.
GTTC Model Articles and Issues:
As theory and practice do not always coincide, this publication covers commentary not only on the model conventions but also on the most important variations, as well as diverging national tax treaty policies. The commentaries are based on the perspectives of internationally renowned experts on each article. The collection gives a complete picture of the realities of everyday international tax treaty practice and reflects the impact of recent instruments such as the MLI, TIEAs and the MMAA treaty.
GTTC Model Articles and Issues has been completed and consists of 30 chapters, each dedicated to one of the articles of the OECD and UN Model provisions, along with six chapters on important meta-topics relating to specific issues: Treaty Interpretation, Interaction of Tax Treaties with International Economic Laws, Time in Tax Treaties, Application of Tax Treaties to Fiscally Transparent Entities, Qualification Conflicts, Beneficial Ownership and Triangular Cases. By weaving all these aspects together, in combination with seamless links to other content on the IBFD Tax Research Platform, IBFD offers tax professionals – from the advisory and corporate sectors to government and the judiciary, along with the academic arena – a rich tapestry of information unmatched by any existing product.
GTTC Country Policy and Practice:
GTTC Country Policy and Practice reveals the hidden pattern in the tax treaty policy of a country and the main deviations from the OECD Model, UN Model and/or national tax treaty model in its policy and practice. It now covers 25 countries, and more are to follow from all continents. GTTC Country Policy and Practice is deeply linked to GTTC Model Articles and Issues, matching an analysis of each model article in general with the country perspective. The chapters are highly standardized, enabling search and comparison per article per country. The publication is suitable for tax professionals from the corporate and advisory sectors, as well as for governments, universities, and the judiciary.
The scholars, practitioners and tax officials authoring the publication establish whether a jurisdiction uses its own (official or non-official) tax treaty model or follows a documented tax treaty policy. These top-notch experts determine the possible existence of a standard treaty approach per country. They assess the presence of and the reasons for any tax treaty deviations from the OECD and UN Models and determine whether there are different policies for treaties entered into with developing and developed countries. The collection allows the user to get a comprehensive view per treaty article per country. It helps to elucidate not only the different articles of the model conventions and the diverging national treaty policies but also how each rule has been incorporated in a country’s treaty network and policy. It thereby takes the same approach as used in the GTTC Model Articles and Issues publication.
The collection also addresses whether case law or tax rulings on the interpretation of treaties of a jurisdiction refer to recommendations from international organizations such as the OECD and the UN or the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. GTTC Country Policy and Practice will be regularly updated to track developments and assess the effect of new instruments like the MLI on domestic treaty policy and the tax treaties already in force.
Prof. Dr Pasquale Pistone, Academic Chairman, IBFD, the Netherlands
Prof. Dr João Félix Pinto Nogueira, Deputy Academic Chairman, IBFD, the Netherlands
Dr Joanna Wheeler, Senior Principal Research Associate, IBFD, the Netherlands
Cristian San Felipe Maestre, IBFD, the Netherlands
Prof. Dr Pasquale Pistone, Academic Chairman, IBFD, the Netherlands (Chair)
Prof. Dr Jennifer Roeleveld, Professor of Tax Law, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Prof. Dr Diane M. Ring, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School, Boston, United States
Prof. Dr Luis Eduardo Schoueri, Chairman of Tax Law, University of São Paulo Law School; Partner, Lacaz Martins, Pereira Neto, Gurevich & Schoueri Advogados; Vice-President, Brazilian Tax Law Institute; Vice-President, Chamber of Commerce, São Paulo, Brazil
Prof. Dr Li Na, Professor of International Tax Law, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, China
Prof. Dr Richard Vann, Challis Professor of Law, University of Sydney, and Consultant, Greenwoods & Freehills, Australia
Prof. Dr Brian J. Arnold, Professor Emeritus of Tax Law and Senior Adviser, Canadian Tax Foundation, Canada
Prof. Dr Hugh Ault, Professor Emeritus, Boston College Law School, Boston, United States
Prof. Dr John F. Avery Jones, Former Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Tax and Chancery Chamber, United Kingdom
Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India
Prof. Dr Wei Cui, Associate Professor of Law, University of British Columbia, Canada
Prof. Dr Michael Lang, Head of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law; Academic Director, LLM Programme and Doctoral Programme, WU University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr Jinyan Li, Professor of Tax Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Ontario, Canada
Prof. Dr Guglielmo Maisto, Founder, Maisto e Associati; Professor of International and Comparative Tax Law, Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Italy
Prof. Dr Yoshihiro Masui, Professor of Law, University of Tokyo, Japan
Prof. Dr Detlev J. Piltz, Tax Lawyer; Partner, Flick Gocke Schaumburg; President, German Branch of the International Fiscal Association; Chairman, Fachinstitut der Steuerberater, Germany
Prof. Dr Kees van Raad, Professor of International Tax Law; Chairman of the International Tax Center, University of Leiden, Leiden; Of Counsel, Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam, Netherlands
GTTC Model Articles and Issues
“The two-tier structure adopted in the development of GTTC allows for an authoritative interpretation of the actual problems, since the authors – all distinguished experts of international tax law – elaborate on issues raised by country experts and derived from tax treaty practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world.”
Pasquale Pistone, Academic Chairman of IBFD
“By navigating through the electronic outline, tax professionals will be able to quickly find the relevant text to their issues and be a click away from a wide variety of primary and other secondary sources on tax treaties. It will provide them with a unique resource for considering tax treaties and related issues in international taxation.”
Richard Vann, Founding Editor-in-Chief of GTTC
“Having a comprehensive and authoritative reference work written by the world’s leading tax treaty specialists will make researching and analysing tax treaty provisions easier and more efficient.”
Brian J. Arnold, Professor Emeritus of Tax Law and Senior Adviser, Canadian Tax Foundation
“This publication will greatly assist courts in reaching reasoned and consistent decisions and will aid both taxpayers and tax authorities in dealing with treaties.”
Hugh J. Ault, Professor Emeritus at Boston College Law School
“In providing better and simpler access to information, it will allow tax advisers to deliver more relevant advice.”
Stéphane Austry, Partner at CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and Associate Professor at Sorbonne Law School
“While interpreting particular provisions of tax treaties, often time it becomes necessary to understand the origin, development and the policy objectives behind such provisions. Equally important is to know how these provisions might have been interpreted in different parts of the world. By making available in a digital format all these important aspects in one place, GTTC will be of immense value to anyone connected with any aspect of international taxation.”
D.P. Sengupta, Principal Consultant at the Indian National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
GTTC Country Policy and Practice
“This publication contributes important voices to the discussion and understanding of global tax treaty practice. Being a vital tool for all tax practitioners, it serves as the ideal platform, with a blend of theory and practice in the field of international taxation.”
Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal Advocates
“The guidance from leading experts on articles and treaty approaches in the GTTC, combined with the mapping of similarities and differences in treaty practice in the detailed country chapters, makes this an essential reference for global tax treaty law and practice today.”
Miranda Stewart, Professor, Melbourne Law School