Requests for mutual agreement under a DBA or the European Arbitration Agreement can be addressed at: Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) – the procedure carried out under international treaties and in consultation with the competent authorities on the interpretation and application of the provisions of the tax treaties or the convention on the elimination of double taxation related to the adjustment of the profits of associated companies (arbitration agreement) when a subject is taxed (or is taxed) outside the scope of the provisions of the tax contracts or the convention to deal with the issue of the elimination of double taxation. The mutual agreement reached becomes binding only if the subject approves it in writing, waives the right of appeal and withdraws all pending appeals. In particular, Article 19 of the compulsory arbitration procedure must be mandatory if the competent authorities are unable to reach an agreement on the settlement of a case within two years of their start. This is a significant restriction on POPs cases in the past, as the competent authorities were only required to try to resolve cases and disputes could be resolved indefinitely. Section 19 ensures that treaty disputes will be resolved within a specified time frame, making the MAP a more attractive option for taxpayers. In addition, sections 20 to 25 provide for the practical functioning of arbitration. In the past, it was often practical constraints or a lack of agreement on how to proceed that blocked the solution. For companies, the legal basis for mutual agreement procedures can also be the EU Arbitration Convention. For more information, please see the section on business-to-business agreement procedures. In the international tax system, the Mutual Agreement (MAP) procedure – in Australia`s tax treaties – supports a resilient global economy and stimulates economic growth.
POPs can help: under the POP, the competent authorities are only required to do due diligence. If states fail to reach an agreement, the mutual agreement process will be closed without eliminating double taxation. In this case, the situation of the subject is settled in each state. The mutual agreement procedure is designed to determine the tax debt between two countries. The partners in the process are therefore the contracting countries concerned. The applicant herself is not part of the proceedings. However, the applicant is regularly informed of the status of the procedure and the status of the procedure. In the vast majority of cases, countries reach an agreement. The double taxation agreement is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance. There are clear and often long delays in applying for the POP.
In particular, Article 16, paragraph 1, second sentence, provides that the MAP case must be brought within a specified period of time, i.e. less than three years from the first notification of the tax measure, and not in accordance with the provisions of a secure tax treaty.