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OECD Model Tax Convention : a discussion draft on the meaning of “beneficial owner” is released


29 April 2011 -- The OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs (CFA) invites public comments on draft changes to the Commentary on Articles 10, 11 and 12 of the OECD Model Tax Convention concerning the meaning of the term “beneficial owner”.


The term “beneficial owner”, as used in these Articles of the Model Tax Convention, has given rise to different interpretations by courts and tax administrations. Given the risks of double taxation and non-taxation arising from these different interpretations, the CFA has developed proposals aimed at clarifying the interpretation that should be given to that concept in the context of the Model Tax Convention.


This discussion draft includes the proposed changes to the Commentary on Articles 10, 11 and 12 of the Model Tax Convention. The Committee invites interested parties to send their comments on this discussion draft before 15 July 2011.


This discussion draft has been prepared for the purpose of inviting comments from interested parties. It will be reviewed in the light of the comments received. It does not necessarily reflect the final views of the OECD and its member countries.


Comments should be sent electronically (in Word format) to [email protected]


Unless otherwise requested at the time of submission, comments submitted to the OECD in response to this invitation will be posted on our website.


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