Why this book?
Cross-border activities or transactions may trigger tax liability in two or more jurisdictions. In order to mitigate the financial burden resulting from these situations, states have entered into numerous double taxation conventions, which provide for rules that allocate the taxing rights between the contracting states.
This book provides an introduction to the law of double taxation conventions. Although principally aimed at students, irrespective of their national background, the book will be of value to tax experts who wish to learn more about double taxation conventions, as well as international law experts who wish to gain a better understanding of tax law. The book does not consider one jurisdiction in particular, but rather takes examples from a wide range of different countries and their jurisdictions. It includes an overview of the problem of double taxation, the state practice in the conclusion of double tax conventions and their effects, the interpretation of double taxation conventions and treaty abuse.
This revised edition takes into account new developments that have occurred since the previous edition of 2013, in particular the changes through OECD’s BEPS Project and the Multilateral Instrument. It deals with the latest versions of the OECD Model Tax Conventions on Income and on Capital and the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries (both published in 2017), as well as the latest version of the OECD Model Double Taxation Convention on Estates and Inheritances and on Gifts.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. DDr. h.c. Michael Lang has been Professor of tax law with a special focus on international tax law since 1994. He is head of the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business).