Practical Tax Treaty Application Post-BEPS

The webinar Practical Tax Treaty Application Post-BEPS looks at a number of key aspects that should be considered when claiming treaty benefits. The first element that will be discussed is who is entitled to access a tax treaty with attention to residence issues, the saving clause, the new corporate tiebreaker rule and limitation-on-benefits provisions. Once a person is entitled to access the tax treaty, the second element to look at is whether the person is entitled to the treaty benefits in question. The webinar will look at several anti-abuse provisions, such as beneficial ownership, the principal purpose test, the anti-splitting-up of contracts and anti-fragmentation rules for permanent establishments, and the provision against dividend stripping. Thirdly, and finally, the webinar will address some examples where the characterization of income is different in the source state and in the residence state and analyse which solutions are possible to ensure that double taxation is effectively prevented.

Topics covered

  • Treaty access
  • Treaty benefits
  • Characterization of income

Learning objectives

Topics to be discussed in this webinar include the rules included in tax treaties on who may apply tax treaties, when treaty benefits may be denied and what to do in cases of income characterization mismatches.  
After following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • determine what the tax treaty requirements are in relation to the issue of treaty access;
  • understand the saving clause and the new corporate tiebreaker rules;
  • apply the limitation-on-benefits tests;
  • interpret the beneficial ownership concept;
  • apply the principal purpose test (general anti-avoidance rule (GAAR)) and some specific anti-avoidance rules (SAARs); and
  • understand the options in the case of a mismatch relating to the characterization of income.


(at time of broadcast)

  • Bart Kosters, IBFD 
  • Vanessa Arruda Ferreira, IBFD
  • Laura Ambagtsheer-Pakarinen, IBFD

Field of study


Who should participate

The webinar is suitable for all tax professionals, including accountants, in-house tax personnel (e.g. directors and managers), lawyers and tax advisers who deal with cross-border transactions, structures or cases and wish to understand the risks, challenges and controversies related to TP substance requirements in the post-BEPS world. 

Course level and prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level webinar. Participants are expected to have a good understanding of international tax law.

Advance preparation

Participation in this webinar does not require any preparation.

Interactive webinar - “Group Internet Based” (live webinar only)

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Date of live broadcast: 23 July 2020

On-demand webinar

On-demand webinars are intended for individual self-study only. Unlike live webinars, they are not open to interactive participation or assistance of a real-time instructor. Access to on-demand webinars is granted for a period of 12 months from the date of registration and/or live broadcast.

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