Effects of tax competition in today’s world

Prashanti Upadhyaya


Tax Competition identifies with the wonder where a sovereign state having the capacity and fitness tends to influence the assessment arrangement of another nation deliberately or inadvertently by joining different duty differentials in its household impose framework.




How Can A Tax  Competition Be Harmful?


Tax Competition identifies with the marvel where a sovereign state having the capacity and fitness tends to influence the expense arrangement of another nation deliberately or inadvertently by consolidating different assessment differentials in its residential duty framework. At the point when Such Differentials are an aftereffect of purposeful (malafide) activities with a specific end goal to twist and dissolve impose arrangement of different nations are alluded to as Harmful Tax Practices.


The activity to control such unsafe assessment rivalry has been taken beforehand by numerous Nations, mutually and by consolidating degree in their household charge framework, in order to profit them by giving a Level Playing Field.


Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) through its Report[1]-unsafe Tax Competition in 1998 which was embraced by G7 Countries additionally (The Report), European Union had likewise received measures[2] to handle such rivalry on December first, 1997 by means of Report-A bundle to handle destructive duty rivalry in the European Union, etc, are a couple of illustrations which pass on the pith that Harmful Tax Competition is mutilating charge frameworks of countries as well as the speculation patters, future projections, exchange and accidental exercises.


OECD-Tackling Tax Competition


The Convention as marked on December fourteenth, 1960 in Paris in its I Article presents duty on OECD to advance arrangements planned in a path in order to vanquish high manageable financial development and battle joblessness, advance sound monetary extension and convey extension of exchange all inclusive on a multilateral stage.


In 1996 Ministers called upon OECD to battle and settle the misshaping results and impacts of destructive assessment rivalry by 1998 a report the same, along these lines a report was readied titled-Harmful Tax Competition an Emerging Global Issue which was endorsed on April ninth, 1998.


The Report has tended to issues identifying with unsafe expense rehearse in type of Tax Havens[3], Preferential Tax Regimes in part and in addition non-part nations and has likewise given measures to the same. It significantly centers around topographically versatile exercises. The far reaching highlights as given in the report which should shape out the destructive locale are in ordered under 19 suggestions.


The Report outlines how Tax Haven and Harmful Preferential Tax administrations, all in all called Harmful Tax Practices influence the accompanying:


¼ Location of Geographically Mobile Activities particularly managing money


¼ Erode Tax Bases[4] of Other Country


¼ Distort exchange and Investment projections


¼ Threatens reasonableness, lack of bias alongside wide Socio acknowledgment of assessment framework by and large.


In the event that such rivalry isn’t removed it might undermine worldwide welfare and break citizen’s certainty.


European Union’s Package To Tackle Tax Competition


Work, like that of OECD was completed in European Union (EU) and on December first, 1997 certain measures were embraced to neutralize Harmful Tax Competition keeping in mind the end goal to help and evacuate distortionary drifts in single market, misfortunes of potential duty income and to re-build up charge structure in a business arranged way.


A bundle to handle destructive duty rivalry in the European Union Provides for Code of Conduct for following parts of economy:


¼ Business Taxation.


¼ Taxation on reserve funds.


¼ Issue of holding charges on cross-outskirt interests and installment of eminence between Nations.


Ultimate Rescue


At each purpose of time where a Nation or gathering of Nations has however of handling charge rivalry following have been the fundamental constituents shaping the basic base of the report:-


¼ Principles representing current plans identifying with International Taxation.


¼ Factors, which might find a current ward to be Tax Haven or Harmful Preferential Tax Haven.


¼ Measures to Counteract such mischief.


Differential Taxing – Hampering Tax Competition


Historical Tax Approach


Generally, assess strategies and frameworks were created taking a gander at the need at household level and undertaking financial concerns which has additionally obliged different components.


While home expense frameworks of basically shut economies likewise had a worldwide side where they possibly influenced the gross assessment sum forced on outside source pay of inhabitant citizens and regularly incorporated into the duty base the local pay of non-occupants, the association of household charge frameworks was nearly unimportant, given the restricted move of capital.[5] The rate of assessment whether to be set as low or high, or finding out o government spending or open expense was reliant, absolutely, based on Nation’s worry and residential issue. Universal impacts were by and large restricted.


Situation Post Globalization


Post globalization the need to change impose frameworks was figured it out. Resulting to Multinational Enterprises going into worldwide markets a desperate need to re-build up charge strategies was felt in order to defend inhabitant citizen and keep enthusiasm of speculators protected.


As the capital markets began broadening and development occurred capital stream was restricted to one ward as well as it met upgraded cross fringe flows. Globalisation was soon acknowledged to have gotten negative impacts. It has acquainted a few routes with limit assess obligation by giving open doors which were anything but difficult to abuse and furthermore occupied fund, exchange, and so forth.


Substances took tremendous advantage of free riders[6]. Substances settled their organizations in duty safe houses or special administrations; paid no or low rate of expense. At the same time, same elements additionally received the reward of foundation and utilities at home nation, free of cost.


Assessment Competition was not seen as a negative impact till the time a nation was creating adequate income from its duty base, however numerous nations observed it to be horrible and along these lines requested changes.


Indeed, even certain unintended bungle occurred where a Nation without intentionally however due its local strategies or keeping in mind the end goal to produce business or different components which impact portability of exercises, crushed other duty frameworks by disintegrating their expense base.


Not at all like the above situation, numerous nations needed to divert money related stream (capital) and pull in incomes from different administrations by twisting their assessment base, same has been referred to as poaching of expense bases.


The report has set down six courses (significantly) by which nations understood the capability of making impact different purviews.


Potential mischief to Tax Bases of other Jurisdiction :-


Disturbing budgetary and along these lines influencing genuine speculation flows[7];
Distorting respectability and decency of duty Systems;
Discouraging Tax compliances;
Re-forming the coveted level and blend of charges and open spending;
Making undesired movements of part of the gross taxation rate to less versatile duty bases, for example, work, property and utilization; and
Increasing managerial expenses and consistence troubles on impose specialists and citizens.
Avocation of source nation taxation[8] is debated when identified with unsafe assessment hones. Occupant nations can in any case change their expense strategies to reduce negative impacts of monetary conduct which specifically influence the outside elements or non-inhabitants, all things considered, profiting by such hurtful practice administrations.


It has been watched that a few financial specialists have a tendency to put resources into a ward where rate of duty is low dismissing administrations being offered by the State though; then again a couple of speculators incline toward venture to places where better administrations are being offered regardless of whether the expense rates are higher. Along these lines, decision of area isn’t a resultant of duty astute purview however different factors too which this report has not considered.


For instance, FDI by G7 nations in different wards in the Caribbean and in the South Pacific island states, which are known to be low-impose purviews, progressed toward becoming multi-crease over the period 1985-1994, to more than $200 billion, a rate of increment well in abundance of the development of aggregate outbound FDI.

Accordingly, mutilation in capital and money related streams must be checked in order to make a solid assessment rivalry which would mean area of versatile action or move of such action considering any factor however not tax collection for setting up business.


Diagnosing Harmful Tax Jurisdictions


This section manages factors that assistance in distinguishing Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes and Tax Heavens in part and non-part nations.


Following are particular three classes of circumstances where substances translocate in the wake of considering charge rates in a particular ward:


First nation being a Tax Haven[9]; forcing no or a low rate of assessment
Country having Preferential Tax Regime for certain action
Where a relative lower rate of duty could be found
Globalization didn’t just leave a negative effect yet has likewise prompt positive outcomes. It has influenced nations to change their assessment frameworks and lower the duty rates to diminish the expense based twists.


Refinement can be made between purviews where they can back their open utilities with ostensible pay duties and offer themselves as spots to set up business by non-occupants to escape assess in home nation, and then again, nations which take adequate income from charges yet whose duty gauges look like unsafe expense rivalry.


In the main case, such locales won’t consent to balancing charge hurtfulness yet in the later case nation may concur because of danger of unsafe duty rivalry.


Tax Havens

Tax Havens are those Jurisdictions or remote sovereign where there is a permissive and much adaptable managerial strategy with respect to impose compliances notwithstanding no or an ostensible rate of duty. Such Countries offer impetuses to non-inhabitants and are likewise not subject to trade of Information because of fuse of strict bank mystery arrangements.


A Tax Haven fills different needs. Assessment Havens construct themselves in light of current worldwide budgetary framework and have encouraged capital stream at first at initiation. They had additionally enhanced the liquidity segment of worldwide budgetary market.



Following reasons for existing are served by a Tax Haven to non-occupants and inhabitant citizens;


¼ Holds detached speculations


¼ Provides an area where paper benefits can be reserved


¼ Provides a compelling shield from examination by impose specialists


Whatever reason a duty safe house may serve it is eventually causing obliteration of expense frameworks of other assessment purviews. It prompts tax avoidance and expense shirking which eliminates a nation’s potential income.


Now and again nations going about as duty asylums don’t mean to indicate case their picture as one in order to qualify the “Notoriety Test.”[10]


Distinguishing Tax Haven Jurisdictions


Important beginning stage to learn if a purview is expense sanctuary or not can be seen by the rate of duty it forces took after by the straightforwardness in advertisement clerical methodology, extent of trade of data of citizens and nonappearance of necessity of action to be significant. Every last bit of it infer that a nation is endeavoring to get speculations and such exchanges are regarded to be charge driven.


No or Nominal Tax Rate


No or ostensible (careless) some portion of the gross wage which is important for tax assessment is charged to be the expense, it is the underlying advance to discover about a locale to be impose driven and in this manner, duty sanctuary.


Nonappearance of powerful data trade


A little advance can be found here. A few expense locales have gone into access to data assentions when the issue relates to criminal or non charge administration. Yet, the classification as guaranteed to non-occupant to no reason damage to him if other assessment specialist request access to his data is as yet kept up.




Procedural and organization mystery encourages a financial specialist to evade compliances and spares himself from investigation of other assessment framework as, duty shelters keep up non-straightforwardness in connection to citizens data.


No significant exercises


Assessment shelter by and large pulls in speculations which are charge driven. There is no other calculate taken to thought likewise, there is no commercio-legitimate condition gave to the financial specialist. Significant speculations can be seen through Paper Companies which book paper benefits and no genuine ventures can be seen.


Different elements

A few different factors other than impose factors; a casual and adaptable administrative system and the presence of a strong corporate framework, which add to the achievement of an assessment haven. Benefit of an expense shelter is significantly procured by non inhabitants from non duty safe house locale, along these lines getting a charge out of the life of a Free Rider.


Harmful Preferential Tax Regime

Such an administration can be followed from the general assessment code, or the regulatory practices conveyed by that ward, or type of arrangement whether outlined basically as exceptional expense or non-charge enactment.

Benefits in destructive particular duty administrations are significantly from latent speculations than dynamic. With help of such locales fruitful remobilisation of exercises should be possible for which request or supply has become scarce in have nation’s household advertise.


Distinguishing Harmful Preferential Tax Regimes

Expense particular administrations are set up so as to draw in exceedingly portable and other budgetary administrations. These locales give a stage to citizens to hold detached ventures and record for paper benefits.


No or low successful assessment rates

Discoveries in the matter of whether a ward is carrying on hurtful duty hone, especially special administrations start from no or low expense rates. Since such a nation keep its timetable rates low in planned arrangements, a zero or low successful duty rates can be seen. Along these lines, to distinguish a destructive particular duty administration a blend of zero or low rates of assessment is a beginning stage.


Ring fencing

Ring fencing[11] of administrations ensure supporting nation or non occupants of that nation a lower rate of duty over secured speculations yet then again make antagonistic effect on the expense framework and income of non-inhabitant citizen’s nation i.e. outside assessment base.


Ring fencing has a measurement of causing unsafe overflow impacts. It might be found in following structures.


Circumstances of Ring Fencing


A locale may by express or verifiable way expel occupant citizen from taking advantages of such administration.
Entities profiting from such duty wards might be banished from working and doing business in residential markets.
Absence of straight forwardness

Absence of straightforwardness restricts home nation to take careful steps. Non straight forwardness can be found out by taking a gander at the organization feasibility, positive regulatory decisions and monetary condition is of a nature that local enactments of the concerned purview are not tuned in to for the most part acknowledged worldwide standards.


Absence of powerful exchange of data

Refusing trade of data under the clothing of mystery laws, protection and different variables; proposing to profit the non occupant citizens is likewise a factor to find destructive special assessment framework.


Other factors

Non sensible meaning of expense base in this manner including unrestricted arrangements into assess strategies, non adherence of universal exchange estimating standards by which organizations don’t exact a safe distance cost in intra-exchanges, wards exempting remote source salary from tax collection at the nation of origin is likewise a danger, advancement of administration as a duty minimisation vehicle and finally all exchanges, activities that happen are significantly impose driven.


Figuring Economic Effect of Preferential Tax Regime and the Potential Harm


Governments are in an issue whether to offer assessment motivations or not all that that they may not be ordered under locale offering hurtful expense rehearses. OECD report of 1998 terms it to be “Detainee’s Dilemma” as they are constrained to offer motivators in order to be a piece of rivalry, all around.

Following inquiries should help in learning the potential mischief such administration can cause:


Regardless of whether the administration, move action from one nation to other special assessment administration and not creates adequate new action? Since venture can be looked for by pulling in funds and in addition migrating center business. In this manner, it is to watch that if a generous new action is produced or is it a negligible move of reserve funds to mutilate other assessment wards.
Regardless of whether the presence and level of activities in the nation of origin are in extent to measure of venture? On the off chance that the level of movement in home nation is unbalanced to wage created or ventures made, it connotes presence of an unsafe special expense administration.
Regardless of whether the ward is essential inspiration for area of action? On the off chance that that is the situation such administration may cause hurt and mutilate other assessment frameworks. Despite the fact that there are different factors too which help in choosing area of efficient sound framework, enactments, political condition, accessibility of crude materials and so forth.




Tackling Harmful Tax Competition


Government can’t kick back and take a gander at different locales disintegrating their assessment framework and mutilating their incomes from real or potential wage of occupants. A blend of measures is being embraced singularly, by method for bargains and on a multilateral stage to check such destructive rivalry.


The OECD report significantly elevates the multilateral way to deal with be embraced as one-sided/two-sided approaches experience the ill effects of different inadequacies like the accompanying:


¼ Limited extent of assessment ward


¼ Safeguard privileges of its native in this manner not burdening source salary from particular administration


¼ Higher authoritative expenses


¼ Uncoordinated one-sided steps builds consistence cost which is at last troubled upon the citizens.


Taking a gander at the above decision a co-ordinated activity is required. Since, the wards have their sway the report additionally gives respective (bargain) and one-sided measures to be joined in local assessment laws however prescribes multilateral measures.


OECD in its report has given nineteen Recommendations so as to neutralize hurtful duty rehearses. The suggestions are comprehensively isolated under the accompanying heads:


Proposals for Domestic Law
Proposals for Tax Treaties
Heightening of universal participation
The above proposals have following point:

¼ To urge administrations to shun destructive expense hones

¼ Offset advantage for citizens of specific structures

¼ Erode tax avoidance and assessment evasion.


Assessment rivalry subsists in different structures and its seriousness of hurtfulness likewise varies. Taking a gander at the level of mischief it might cause, fitting measures should be picked. For instance; a locale advancing tax avoidance and influencing different administrations by keeping mystery of data is unquestionably a destructive expense ward. It can be diverged from a nation where assess rates are low yet the organization is very straightforward so the potential mischief is noiseless.


On account of Tax sanctuaries the concentration ought to be barrier situated went for forbidding unsafe impacts, a multilateral composed way to deal with handle impose rivalry may fill in as a hindrance for potential administrations intending to make such a sanctuary.




I.      For Domestic Legislations And Operations


a)      Proposal concerning Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC) or proportionate rules[12]


Under CFC controls a piece of the aggregate pay is obligated to be exhausted as of now in the hands of the occupant investors. Such standards dispense with the advantage of deferral of local assessment on major remote source wage of a CFC.


Nations not having rules with respect to CFC must join it in their enactments and those which have such arrangements need to change them and match worldwide measures. Such principles ought to be connected to all exchanges in the case of emerging from unsafe administrations or not.


b)      Proposal concerning remote venture finance (FIF) or comparable rules[13]


A few nations create FIF to supplement CFC though in different nations it is a considerably more extensive idea and the expectation is to wipe out the advantage of deferral for in a perfect world every uninvolved interest in remote corporate or elements.


CFC approaches which subject the Foreign Corporate’s wage to current assessment apply just to outside enterprises controlled by inhabitant investors that claim a critical enthusiasm for it. In this way, occupants may concede home (residential) charge by putting resources into offers of remote shared assets. On the off chance that such subsidizes are broadly possessed, surely won’t be controlled by predetermined number of occupant investors; nor will any one inhabitant investor claim a huge bit in gathered pledges.


In this way, proprietors of outside common assets won’t be liable to the counter mishandle arrangements managed by occupant nations’ CFC enactments. To overlook such circumstance, nations have received outside venture support (FIF) or identical principles.


c)      Suggestion concerning confinements on cooperation exception and different frameworks of exempting remote salary with regards to unsafe assessment competition[14]


Nations which absolved outside source salary under any of the twofold tax assessment circumstances must keep a check over the element and the source nation in the event that it is a hurtful expense administration; in the event that the source nation is a destructive duty ward such exclusion might stop to exist for the citizen.

Nations must outline conceivable least limitations considering factors like:

¼ Jurisdiction from which outside salary starts

¼ Type of pay; order

¼ The rate of expense to which the salary has been subjected to in the outside nation.


d)      Proposal concerning remote data revealing rules[15]


Proposal that nations should make a room in their approaches and framework where data identifying with an element in regards to different noteworthy exchanges, property held, and so on can be gotten to by the nation of origin for better investigation and discovering of assessment obligation.


The same has been protested by different countries calling it a break of native’s protection rights or repudiating nearby laws which has been basically investigated in the conclusion and proposals.


e)      Suggestion concerning rulings[16]


Nonappearance of subtle elements identifying with regulatory practices which give citizen’s status, specifically on issues, for example, the ALP of specific administrations or the distribution of benefits or misfortunes between related undertakings, makes an assessment framework non-straightforward. Distribution, in a way that secures citizen privacy, of the substantive and procedural conditions for allowing or denying singular assessment decisions and guarantees a more noteworthy straightforwardness of nations charge approaches and is basic to the use of measures to avoid hurtful expense rivalry.


f)        Suggestion concerning exchange estimating rules[17]


A nation may go astray to adhere to exchange evaluating rules and may give profit of a safe distance cost to players and speculators, hence influencing its purview to impose favored. Such activity positively constitutes unsafe expense rivalry. Proposal recommends strict adherence to 1995 guidelines[18] to handle confounds and take after a safe distance evaluating.


Proposal concerning access to managing an account data for charge purposes.[19]


Absence of bank data of a citizen, now and again, posture genuine obstacle for surveying nation to shape out reasonableness of records exhibited before it. Access to such data can prompt expulsion of mutilation and disturbance caused by destructive duty administrations. This would ensure charge bases and frameworks as well as supplement Recommendation no. 4.2.3[20]



II.      Recommendations For Tax Treaties

The initial four recommendations (4.3.1-4.3.4) area unit inter-related and should be scan along to draw supposed that means.


a)      Recommendation regarding larger and a lot of economical use of exchanges of information[21]

Information touching on foreign transactions and tax payers is from time to time important to fight impact of harmful tax practices, however identical is incredibly troublesome to get. Treaties ought to promote provisions for exchange of knowledge per se revealing shall facilitate in refraining from tax harmful regimes.


b)      Recommendation regarding the claim to pact benefits[22]

Regimes providing advantageous tax treatment read development of their network as  quality and lengthen from third country by distorting their assets.

Various methodologies are adopted by countries to scale back the on top of risk. In some cases, countries are ready to verify that the place of effective management of a subsidiary lies within the State of the parent company thus on create it a resident of that country either for domestic law or pact functions. In different cases, it’s been attainable to argue, on the idea of the facts and circumstances of the cases, that a subsidiary was managed by the parent company in such the simplest way that the subsidiary had a permanent institution within the country of residence of the parent company thus on be ready to attribute profits of the subsidiary to it latter country. Another example involves denying corporations with no real economic perform pact edges as a result of these corporations aren’t thought of as useful owner of sure financial gain formally attributed to them.


c)      Recommendation regarding the clarification of the standing of domestic anti-abuse rules and doctrines in tax treaties[23]

Domestic taxation laws embody varied anti- abuse rules and doctrines that area unit wont to tackle harmful tax practices. Tax treaties usually incorporate a couple of specific anti- abuse policies thus a dispute arises to validity of doctrines existing in domestic taxation. Thus, whether or not a profit taboo to a domestic remunerator is availed by a national having foreign supply financial gain could be a matter of concern.


The Model Tax Convention doesn’t throw light-weight on varied anti-abuse provisions existing at domestic level. Thus, it’d be acceptable to supply that tax treaties to include application of such rules in their draft.

The Recommendation is to the impact to get rid of any ambiguity relating to the competency of domestic anti-abuse measures with the Model Tax Convention.


d)     Recommendation regarding an inventory of specific exclusion provisions found in treaties[24]

Various treaties expressly give for exclusion of sure forms of incomes and deny sure entities the tax edges otherwise obtainable. Such list of exclusion differs among countries. Countries shall adopt a typical list of such exclusion thus on keep the principle of fairness and equality intact.


e)      Recommendation regarding tax treaties with tax havens[25]

This recommendation is to the impact that countries having pact signed with tax havens or jurisdiction motion a threat to tax competition, be terminated. this could cause political disturbances, however ultimately the impact are credibleness once different jurisdiction decides to sign out from the pact. Factors arranged  down in previous chapter that illustrates a way to reach to the conclusion whether or not a jurisdiction is country or not.


f)       Recommendation regarding co-ordinated social control regimes[26]

Several countries have developed joint audit programs that entails each the foreign supply country moreover because the domestic country to audit the business and monetary performance of the tax money dealer thus on curb nonpayment and dodging.

This form of co-operation ought to be intense since such audit programmes will facilitate deliver the goods needed objective. Similarly, relevant co-operation between burdensome bodies also are possible to be effective in up international tax adherence.

For example, the international particulars of a country’s legal system area unit usually the foremost technical and sophisticated aspects. it’s continually unacceptable for tax authorities to make sure that their cross- border audit staffs possesses the requisite skills to touch upon the problems adequately. Joint coaching activities on basic topics like; pact problems, audit ways, refined transactions, transfer valuation, the look and implementation of CFC and FIF rules etc. might improve administration by disseminative flourishing audit practices and by promoting nearer contacts between tax inspectors managing international transactions.

The Recommendation is aimed toward additional developing collaboration therein respect.


g)      Recommendation regarding help in recovery of tax claims[27]

The need for social control of tax claims of different countries ought to be realized to the earliest thus on forestall nonpayment. additional territorial tax claims, lack of reciprocal guarantees and procedural fairness area unit a couple of factors that result in failure in recovery of tax claims. Thus, countries ought to encourage social control of cross- border tax claim and reform the present legal system.


Exacerbating International Cooperation To Counteract Harmful Tax Competition


a)      Recommendation for pointers and a Forum on Harmful Tax Practices[28]

Under this recommendation varied pointers area unit provided viewing this situation to curb the harmful impact of Tax Competition and institution of a forum to deal with the problems that distort taxation patter and vitiates any domestic legal system. Following area unit the guidelines:


Countries ought to refrain to adopt any live concerning taxation, or enlargement of scope, strengthening of existing measures that represent harmful tax observe.
Countries area unit suggested to review their current tax laws and body procedures and conclude if any harmful tax observe prevails. Same is to be rumored to the OECD forum at intervals two years from date of approval of the report.
All such harmful tax practices that area unit found out or that area unit provided in previous chapter area unit to be aloof from the several policies, legislations and stand null/ void post termination of five years from the date of approval of the OECD report.
Any member country of OECD, if finds, their legal system lack any of the live to tackle harmful tax practices or would like to advocate a brand new live shall incorporate such measures and advocate potential measures to the forum.
Countries to co-ordinate through forum on the responses and ways in which to counteract harmful tax practices.
The forum ought to conjointly encourage non- members countries to adopt such measures.
b)      Recommendation to supply an inventory of tax havens[29]

The forum, at intervals one year from its beginning shall prepare an inventory of tax havens and different harmful tax regimes by examining the jurisdictions and exploring by all necessary suggests that. Same shall facilitate among the member countries to once more revise and reform their policies if found to be deficient.


c)      Recommendation regarding links with tax havens[30]

Countries having explicit political, economic or different links with country jurisdiction make sure that these links don’t contribute to harmful tax competition. Also, it’s to be seen that countries that have dependencies that area unit tax havens make sure that the links that they need with these tax havens aren’t employed in the simplest way that increase or promote harmful tax competition.


Such relation or ties mustn’t be wont to assist the relevant countries or dependencies in partaking in harmful tax competition. it’s additional suggested that countries that have aforesaid relations ought to contemplate reformation and aspect away harmful tax competition ensuing from the existence of those tax havens.






d)      Recommendation to develop and actively promote Principles of fine Tax Administration[31]

Major recommendation depends upon this recommendation. As per the report sensible administration principles[32] gelled with transparency and paired with different principles of governance will solely promote the aim taken off in Paris convention and objective of OECD is obtained.


e)      Recommendation on associating non-member countries with the Recommendation[33]

Forum to be unconditional with the responsibility to own dialogue with non- member countries thus on curb the displacements of activities and restrain them from such harmful tax practices as area unit prevailing. Such recommendation is to the impact that a assets will solely be safeguarded if the action to stop the tax bases from being distorted a three-cornered approach could be a should.


Other Counteractions

Restriction of deduction of payment to country jurisdictions, imposing of withholding taxes on sure payments to residents of states engaged in harmful tax observe, residence rule[34], application of transfer valuation rules and pointers, skinny capitalisation and monetary innovation and several other non- tax measures.
















The major loopholes and sure unconditional provisions incorporated by the 1998 OECD report are drawn out beneath this chapter. the subsequent chapter is split into two elements the primary half magnifies the appraisal followed by conclusion which contains country’s perspective towards the OECD report.


v  Information Sharing -A Threat

Countries concern exchange of data[35] or access to their citizen’s information once given to different authorities lying outside their jurisdiction. To counteract such concern, countries pass on secrecy and confidentiality thereby providing guarantee to their national (banks to their Clients) of non- revealing. Such An action will solely by means of court of law or subject to the other law for the nowadays operative.


v  Right to Privacy [36]

Right to privacy has been taken as basic right by varied nations; a couple of Nation contemplate it to be a constitutional right. broadly speaking it’s a right unconditional in a very person thus on guarantee right to life viewing the factors to spot harmful tax regimes OECD went right down to recommending varied measures that area unit a breach of right to privacy if contrasted with domestic legislation. Such nation might not be a harmful tax regime however non- revealing of knowledge shall raise a doubt against that regime.


v  Prevalent Mode to draw in Investment [37]– Prisoners quandary

Majorly, tax incentives play as a magnet for many of the countries to draw in foreign business for varied functions like developing infrastructure, widen scope of employment etc. Thus, tax driven investments can’t be taboo by a blanket resolution.




v  Economic difference[38] between Developed And different Economies

Self sufficient economies willing to erode tax competition might not suffer from lack of development or shortage of liquid cash or investments. For identical reason they’ll agree on recommendations provided by OECD Report of 1998 however just in case of beneath developed economy or developing economy it’s going to cause a retardant as fund generation and their development, to a serious extent is proscribed to foreign investments attracted presently by means of tax incentives.


v  Rivalry A Positive Way to Tackle


The main determinant and control which is self administrative is a solid competition[39]. Rivalry, if found in a long run has a tendency to cut down misshaping impact and keeps the rate of expenses, fund, and business low (or controlled) because of quality of players and roads around the world.

Rivalry itself being a measure to check unsafe practices not the slightest bit ought to be ruined by formation of settlements or adopting a multilateral strategy as suggested by the Report.


v  Constrained Scope – Tax Jurisdiction


Regardless of whether a nation receives the proposals, its purview might stay constrained. Straightforwardness or expansion of ward can’t make due for long, experiencing the worldwide question, which has been demonstrated.


v  Non Tax Factors Not Taken Into Account


The OECD report considers just the assessment factors and don’t discover a place for non-impose factors which ruins the sacredness of the suggestions gave.


Wage rates, assess rates, work aptitudes, transport and foundation, Size of economy/potential for development, Political security/property rights, products, trade rates, bunching impacts, access to facilitated commerce zone are a couple of non-impose factors which may pull in venture into a low rate charge administration which would not suggest presence of a destructive expense regime.[40]





Work carried out by OECD to unsafe expense hones don’t consider the situation of creating and immature nations. Taking a gander at the ambiguity and unrestricted methodologies embraced by OECD for its part nations no certification to check the hurtful expense hone and a worldwide welfare, can be drawn.


The OECD report provides food predominantly the enthusiasm of its part nations and isn’t slanted towards removing worldwide inequalities.[41] It likewise neglects to make a harmony amongst advancement and rivalry. The belief system behind these suggestions demonstrates that the part nations tend to shape an illusionary cartel which might administer the worldwide administration by a solitary duty rate.[42] Such charge rate may ascend to extreme level because of nonappearance of rivalry in the market.


The elements gave by the OECD to find out duty asylums and hurtful particular expense administrations are not sufficiently useful to kill the issue of assessment shirking or tax avoidance. Every one of the variables are outlined in a path to keep welfare of part nations in place and at premier need.


All around, a more skilled component is required to handle the issues of twofold tax assessment, impose shirking and tax avoidance. The suggestions set out in the report for no situation make an agreement amongst advancement and checking unsafe expense rehearses. Techniques like living arrangement run, where any wage created to be burdened in the nation of origin, however flopped yet was a superior method to handle if contrasted with the multilateral approach of the OECD.




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Business and Industrial Advisory Committee to OECD, A Business View On Tax Competition, June 1999 Available at: www.biac.org/statements/tax/htc.pdfBIAC
OECD Revenue Statistics-Comparative tables Available at: www.stats.oecd.org/wbos/Default.aspx?usercontext=sourceoecd

Journals And Articles

Alexander Townsend Jr., The Global Schoolyard Bully: The Organisation Of Economic Development’s coercive efforts to control tax competition, 25 Fordham Int’l L.J 215 (2001-2002)
Michael Littlewood, Tax competition: Harmful to whom?, 26 Mich. J. Int’l L. 411 (2004-2005)
Mitchel B. Weiss, International Tax Competition; An efficient or inefficient phenomenon, 16 Akron J. 99 (2001)
Javier G. Salinas, The OECD tax competition initiative: A critique of its merits in the global market place, 25 Hous. J. Int’l L. 531 (2002-2003)
Kimberley Carlson, When Cows have wings: An analysis of OECD’s tax haven work as it relates to Globalization, Sovereignty and Privacy, 35 J. Marshall L. Rev. 163 (2001-2002)
Julie Roin, Competition and evasion: Another perspective on International tax competition, 89 Geo L.J 543 (2000-2001)
Yoram Margolith, Tax competition, foreign direct investment and growth: Using tax system in promoting developing countries, 23 Va. Tax Rev. 161 (2003-2004)
Almeida, Tax Havens: An Analysis of the OECD work with policy recommendations, available at: www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/Publico/estudotributarios/TrabAcademicos/Textos/AloisioTaxHavens.pdf
Chris Edwards and Veronique de Rugy, Chapter 3, Economic Freedom Of World: 2002 Annual Report
For further reference and to seek clarity on recommendation provided under the Report  have referred following documents:


Relevant Oecd Reports And Guidelines
Publications Related To National Tax Law
·         Controlled Foreign Company Legislation: Studies in Taxation of Foreign Source Income (1996)

·         Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Transactions: The Role of Taxation (1996)

Publications Related To Tax Treaties
·         OECD Model Tax Convention (issued in loose-leaf format in 1992, updated in 1994, 1995 and 1997)

·         The Tax Treatment of Employees’ Contributions to Foreign Pension Schemes (1992)

·         Triangular Cases (1992)

·         The Tax Treatment of Software (1992)

·         The 183 Day Rule: Some Problems of Application and Interpretation (1991)

·         The Taxation of Income Derived from Entertainment, Artistic and Sporting Activities (1987)

·         International Tax Avoidance and Evasion: Four Related Studies (1987)

·         Thin Capitalization (1986)

·         The Taxation of Income from the Leasing of Containers (1983)

·         The Taxation of Income Derived from the Leasing of Industrial, Commercial or Scientific Equipment (1983)

Publications Related To Transfer Pricing
·         Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations (1995)

·         Attribution of Income to Permanent Establishments (1993)

·         Transfer Pricing, Corresponding Adjustments and the Mutual Agreement Procedure (1982)



Publications Related To The Exchange Of Information
·         The Use of Tax Payer Identification Numbers in an International Context (1997)

·         OECD Manual on the Implementation of Exchange of Information Provisions For Tax Purposes (1994)

·         Tax Information Exchange Between OECD Member Countries: A Survey of Current Practices (1994)

·         The OECD Model Agreement for Simultaneous Exchanges of Tax Information (1992)

·         The Revised Standard Magnetic Format (1992)

·         OECD Standardised Form and Magnetic Standard for Automatic Exchange of Information (1992)

·         Taxpayers Rights and Obligations: A Survey of the Legal Situation in OECD Member Countries (1990)

·         The Joint Council of Europe OECD Convention on Mutual Assistance in Tax Matters (1988)

·         Model Convention for Administrative Assistance in the Recovery of Tax Claims (1981).



[1] Available at : http://www.uniset.ca/microstates/oecd_44430243.pdf; Downloaded on May 5th, 2018 at     1:00 PM

[2] Available at: http://aei.pitt.edu/3494/1/3494.pdf; Downloaded on May 7th, 2018 at 01:23 PM

[3] A jurisdiction especially a country that imposes little or no tax on the profits from transactions carried on there or on persons resident there; Black’s Law Dictionary, 8thEd., Bryan A. Garner

[4] Tax base is defined as the income or asset balance used to calculate a tax liability, and the tax liability formula is tax base multiplied by tax rate. The rate of tax imposed varies depending on the type of tax and the tax base total. Income tax, gift tax and estate tax are each calculated using a different tax rate schedule.

Online Source: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/taxbase.asp#ixzz4xiN94ifl ; visited on 2nd May, 2018 at 12:30 PM

[5] Extracted from:https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/2010/04/14/tax-history-law-personal-finance-tax-law changes. html& ref URL= https://www.google.co.in /&referrer=https:// www.google.co.in/;   visited on May 4th, 2018

[6] The one who obtains an economic benefit at another’s expense without contributing to it; Black’s Law Dictionary, 8thEd., Bryan A. Garner
[7] Money invested in tangible and productive assets such as plant and machinery, as opposed to investment in securities or other financial instruments; Black’s Law Dictionary, 8thEd., Bryan A. Garner

[8] In the case of source based taxation principle, importance is to the source (country) where income is generated. There are individuals/entities whose “residence” is in one country but their business is actually carried on in another country and their income is earned in the latter country. In such cases, the principle of residence-based taxation would be inappropriate. Therefore, there is a view that the country which provides the opportunity and facilities to generate income or profits (COS) should also have the right to tax the same; Source:http://www.indianeconomy.net/splclassroom/142/what-is-the-difference-between-residence-based-taxation-and-source-based-taxation/; Visited on May 4th, 2018

[9] Generally, the financial centers referred to as tax havens include: Cayman, The Bahamas, Luxembourg, Switzerland, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Monaco, Mauritius, Cyprus, Anguilla, Aruba, Belize, Cook Islands, Malta, San Marino, Grenada, Gibraltar, Jersey, Nauru, Panama, Turks and Caicos, Antigua, Dominica, Guernsey, Isle of Mann, Liechtenstein, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, Seychelles; Source: David vs. Goliath (2001): An Analysis of the OECD Harmful Tax Competition Policy, Truman Butler

[10] The imposition of no or only nominal taxes and self- promotion or appearance of self- promotion as a place to be used by Non- residents to escape tax in their country of residence; Tax Planning with Holding Companies, Repatriation of US profits from Europe, Kluwer Law International, Rolf Eicke, Pg.111, Para 2

[11] Ring fence is to remove a set of assets from a set of accounts and consider it separately. This could be done for a company or for an individual. Certain assets could perhaps be moved offshore which would lower that company’s or person’s tax liability; Financial Times, Source :http://lexicon.ft.com/Term?term=ring-fence; Visited on April 23rd at 01:00 PM

[12] Recommendation 1 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 97-100
[13] Recommendation 2 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 101-103
[14] Recommendation 3 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 104,105
[15]   Recommendation 4 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 106,107

[16]  Recommendation 5 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 108-110
[17] Recommendation 6 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 111
[18] Transfer Pricing Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and Tax Administrations (1995)
[19] Recommendation 7 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 112, 113
[20] [20] See in particular The OECD Report on Harmful Tax Competition an Emerging Global Issue Paragraph 64 page 29…” The ability or willingness of a country to provide information to other countries is a key factor in deciding upon whether the effect of a regime operated by that country has the potential to cause harmful effects.”
[21] Recommendation 8 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 114-117
[22] Recommendation 9 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 118-120
[23] Recommendation 10 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 121- 125
[24] Recommendation 11 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 126- 128
[25]  Recommendation 12 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 129-132
[26] Recommendation 13 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 133- 135

[27] Recommendation 14 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 136- 139

[28] Recommendation 15 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 140- 148; for further detail on this recommendation to refer box III of the report

[29] Recommendation 16 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 149-151
[30] Recommendation 17 of The OECD Report, 1998, Para 152, 153
[31]   Recommendation 18 of The OECD Report, 1998
[32] Equity and Fairness, Certainty, Convenience of Payment, Effective Tax Administration, Information Security, Simplicity, Neutrality, Economic Growth and Efficiency, Transparency and Visibility, Minimum Tax Gap, Accountability to Taxpayers, Appropriate Government Revenues are a few good tax administration principles. Guiding Principles of Good Tax Policy: A Framework for Evaluating Tax Proposals; Source:https://www.aicpa.org/ADVOCACY/TAX/downloadabledocuments/tax-policy-concept-statement-no-1-global.pdf; Visited on May 3rd, 2018 at 10:23 AM

[33] Recommendation 19 of The OECD Report, 1998
[34] Online Source:https://www.lawctopus.com/academike/resident-rule-india/; Visited on March 3rd at 04:00 PM


[35]  Cyber Threat Information Sharing, centre for strategic and International Studies; Source: https://www.csis.org/programs/technology-policy-program/cybersecurity-and-warfare/other-projects-cybersecurity/cyber-1; visited on May 4th, 2018

[36] Right to Privacy has been granted as a fundamental right in various jurisdictions including India; Justice K.S. Puttaswamy and Ors. vs. Union of India (UOI) and Others. (24.08.2017 – SC) : MANU/SC/1044/2017

[37]  Incentives for attracting foreign direct investment: An overview of OECD work; Online Source: http://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/investmentstatisticsandanalysis/incentivesforattractingforeigndirectinvestmentanoverviewofoecdwork.htm; Visited on May 3rdat 09:00 PM

[38] Economic inequality is the unequal distribution of income and opportunity between different groups in society. It is a concern in almost all countries around the world and often people are trapped in poverty with little chance to climb up the social ladder. But, being born into poverty does not automatically mean you stay poor. Education, at all levels, enhancing skills, and training policies can be used alongside social assistance programs to help people out of poverty and to reduce inequality.; sourcehttps://wol.iza.org/key-topics/economic-inequalityvisited on March 1st, 2018 at 12:33 PM

[39] Competition is about increasing choice and efficiency to benefit consumers and make the economy more productive. This also applies to sectors which in many countries have been liberalised (such as electricity, water, railways and telecoms), which are subject to regulation (banking and other financial services) or where the government plays an important role (healthcare, education and local public services); Source: http://www.oecd.org/competition/sectors/Visited on May 1st, 2018 at 12:39 PM

[40] Factors that affect foreign direct investment (FDI), Tejvan Pettingar; source:https://www.economicshelp.org/blog/15736/economics/factors-that-affect-foreign-direct-investment-fdi/Visited on October 28th, 2017 at 03: 21 PM

[41]  Also supported by OECD Project on Harmful Tax Competition Written by Samir Malik, University of Warwick; Source:http://www.legalserviceindia.com/article/l264-OECD-Project-on-Harmful-Tax-Competition.html; Visited on May 12th, 2018 at 01:12 PM
[42] Ibid