Lost In Translation? Rethinking The Oil And Gas Industry Formula Under The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Directive Proposal

SOCIETAS ET IURISPRUDENTIA, 2019

30 Pages Posted: 24 May 2019

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Shu-Chien Chen

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law; University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Students

Date Written: December 12, 2018

Abstract

The oil and gas industry is an important industry for several European countries. Due to the uniqueness of the industry, there have been special corporate taxation rules for the oil and gas industry where jurisdiction adopts formulary apportionment rules for levying cross-border corporate taxation. Alaska of the United States of America is a typical jurisdiction where a special formula for the oil and gas industry is provided and the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Directive Proposal under the European Union law has also a special formula for the oil and gas industry, due to the influence from the United States of America formulary apportionment experiences. Based on the comparison between the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base and Alaska experiences, this paper shows that the Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base’s oil and gas industry formula has two theoretical flaws. The paper suggests that the fundamental rationale for the oil and gas industry should reaffirm the importance of the resource origin and a special asset factor is necessary for the oil and gas industry for improving the current Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Directive Proposal. The current Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Directive Proposal has made an effort to take into account the interests of the natural resource origin countries, but it used a wrong policy tool. The original aim of the oil and gas industry formula is not achieved and new tax planning loopholes are created. The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base’s oil and gas industry formula is also a typical example that illustrates the risk of the “lost in translation” in comparative law research and legal transplantation.

Keywords: European Union Law; Oil and Gas Industry; Formulary Apportionment; Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base; Alaska

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Chen, Shu-Chien, Lost In Translation? Rethinking The Oil And Gas Industry Formula Under The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base Directive Proposal (December 12, 2018). SOCIETAS ET IURISPRUDENTIA, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3376513

Shu-Chien Chen (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Erasmus School of Law ( email )

Netherlands

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, Students ( email )

Amsterdam
Netherlands

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