The Transformation of International Tax

60 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2020 Last revised: 14 May 2020

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Ruth Mason

University of Virginia School of Law

Date Written: April 15, 2020


The recession of 2008 precipitated a political crisis that motivated an unprecedented international project to curb corporate tax dodging. This Article argues, contrary to dominant scholarly views, that this effort transformed international tax — changing its participants, agenda and institutions, norms, and even its legal forms. Perhaps most important, efforts to close corporate tax loopholes opened a rift over the resulting revenues that threatens a hundred-year-old tax treaty framework. This Article identifies and critically evaluates these changes from the perspectives of revenue, inclusivity, legitimacy and accountability, innovation, and durability.

Keywords: BEPS, corporate tax avoidance, full tax, single tax, OECD, tax competition, fiscal fail-safes, tax, soft law, Inclusive Framework, OECD acquis

Suggested Citation

Mason, Ruth, The Transformation of International Tax (April 15, 2020). American Journal of International Law, forthcoming July 2020; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2020-36; Virginia Law and Economics Research Paper No. 2020-08. Available at SSRN:

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