Neither Rules Nor Standards

Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 2, p. 537, 2011

Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 271

48 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2012 Last revised: 19 Feb 2013

Date Written: March 16, 2012


Specifying the content of a requirement or a prohibition up front — e.g. replacing a “reasonable speed” requirement with a fifty-five miles per hour speed limit — can make life easier for enforcers and citizens alike. Recent efforts to substitute international tax rules for decades-old standards may do just the opposite, jeopardizing the “miracle” that is today’s international tax regime. Enhanced information exchange and formulary apportionment will undermine the legitimacy that is essential to the success of any international legal regime. A better solution would overhaul the century-old benefits principle to weave enforcement deep into the fabric of the international tax regime. Only then will it meet today’s tests as successfully as it once rose to the challenge of double taxation.

Keywords: international tax, tax policy, transfer pricing, tax evasion, benefits principle, rules, standards

Suggested Citation

Dean, Steven, Neither Rules Nor Standards (March 16, 2012). Notre Dame Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 2, p. 537, 2011, Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 271, Available at SSRN:

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