The Triumph of BEPS: US Tax Reform and the Single Tax Principle
9 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2017 Last revised: 27 Dec 2017
Date Written: December 2, 2017
The Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TRA17) as passed by the House on November 16 and by the Senate on December 2, 2017, contains multiple provisions that incorporate the principles of the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) into domestic US tax law. Together with the changes in the 2016 model US tax treaty, these provisions mean that the US is following the EU and China in implementing BEPS and in particular its underlying principle, the single tax principle (i.e., all income should be subject to tax once: passive income at the residence state rate and active income at a minimum source tax rate). This represents a triumph for the G20/OECD and is incongruent with the generally held view that the US will never adopt BEPS.
Keywords: tax reform, beps
JEL Classification: H26
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