Making Dispute Resolution More Effective – MAP Peer Review Report, Hong Kong, China
Inclusive Framework on BEPS: Action 14
Under Action 14, countries have committed to implement a minimum standard to strengthen
the effectiveness and efficiency of the mutual agreement procedure (MAP). The MAP
is included in Article 25 of the OECD Model Tax Convention and commits countries to
endeavour to resolve disputes related to the interpretation and application of tax
treaties. The Action 14 Minimum Standard has been translated into specific terms of
reference and a methodology for the peer review and monitoring process. The minimum
standard is complemented by a set of best practices.
The peer review process is conducted in two stages. Stage 1 assesses countries against
the terms of reference of the minimum standard according to an agreed schedule of
review. Stage 2 focuses on monitoring the follow-up of any recommendations resulting
from jurisdictions' stage 1 peer review report. This report reflects the outcome of
the stage 1 peer review of the implementation of the Action 14 Minimum Standard by
Hong Kong, China.
Action 14 develops solutions to address obstacles that prevent countries from solving treaty-related disputes under MAP, via a minimum standard in this area as well as a number of best practices. It also includes arbitration as an option for willing countries.