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Treaty won, battle lost? Reviewing developments in international tax law

No one would ever suggest international tax law is simple, but with Canada’s impending ratification of the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “MLI“), a new layer of complexity has been added when determining whether a taxpayer is eligible to receive a particular treaty benefit. The recent decision in Alta Energy Luxembourg S.a.r.l v The Queen[1](“Alta Energy“) might be a new high-water mark for taxpayers in treaty interpretation, but it may also be their last win.

The decision in Alta Energy considered the … Continue Reading

Beware the zombie invasion (stock exchange edition)

On September 18, Deloitte released a new report which outlines a roadmap for the competitive business climate in Canada. Included in the report is a warning that “Canada may have a zombie problem.” Luckily, Deloitte isn’t raising concern about hordes of flesh-eating undead, but rather the relatively large number of “zombie companies” that exist on Canadian stock exchanges. The report identifies “zombie companies” as those who do not have enough earnings to cover their interest payments and found that out of the 2,274 companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange, 16% could be considered “zombies” … Continue Reading

Canada’s first post-BEPS tax treaty: implementing the new treaty shopping proposals

Last November, we told you about the new treaty shopping rules proposed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as part of the final report on Action 6 of the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS Action Plan).

The main proposal in Action 6 was the amendment of the OECD model tax treaty to include “limitation on benefit” provisions. Two types of provisions were proposed: (i) specific provisions (LoB provisions) that limit the availability of treaty benefits to individuals, corporations, and other organizations that meet specific criteria that are … Continue Reading

OECD report proposes new treaty shopping rules

In February we wrote about a discussion draft of Action 6 of the Action Plan on Base Erosion (BEPS Action Plan) developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) at the request of the G20. In October, the OECD published its final report on Action 6 of the BEPS Action Plan.

Action 6 is intended to address the phenomenon of “treaty shopping”, a practice whereby a business structures itself to take advantage of tax treaties with favourable provisions that are ordinarily unavailable. One example of treaty shopping involves a corporation resident in a country … Continue Reading

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