Application of international double taxation conventions in Romania

Author:Florin Dumiter - Stefania Jimon
Position:Western University of Arad, Romania - Western University of Arad, Romania

this article we sought to address the international double taxation phenomenon from two different standpoints. To begin with, in the first part we analysed the framework of international double taxation, and how this topic was tackled in both Romanian and international literature. International double taxation has been analyzed, mutatis mutandis, from an economic perspective, more precisely in... (see full summary)

Application of international double taxation conventions
in Romania
Professor Florin DUMITER
Master student Ștefania JIMON
Abstrac t
In this arti cle we sought to add ress the interna tional double taxation phenomenon
from two different stan dpoints. To begin w ith, in the first p art we ana lysed the framework
of i nternatio nal double taxation , and h ow this topic w as tack led in both Ro mani an and
intern ational literat ure. Internati onal double taxati on has been ana lyzed, mutatis mutandis ,
from an economic p erspective, more preci sely in terms of the implica tions that it generates
on econo mies, on added va lue, on cap ital flows, on th e i nternatio nalisatio n o f
business. Second , I belie ved it was import ant to analyse inte rnational double tax ation from
a legal p erspective, throu gh the jurisdicti onal effects of obtainin g income or holding
propert y at the Europ ean or internati onal level. Roman ia's case is carefull y approache d in
this pa per, aiming to highli ght the issues Ro mani a is facin g concernin g cooperati on in t ax
matters with a uthoritie s from othe r co untries, how the more th an 80 d ouble taxati on
conven tions a re applie d and interp reted, but also oth er aspects that shou ld be consid ered
by the Ro mani an tax autho rities, based on the provi sions of the Fiscal Cod e and th e Fiscal
Procedu re Cod e. The article ends by presentin g, commenting on and analysin g two test
cases in intern ational dou ble t axation, of remarka ble importa nce and actual ity for
Romania n jurisprude nce to observe how comple x doubl e taxati on mechan isms opera te in
practice. The conclu sion o f this article emphasises th e importance of significant “steps”
achie ved by R omania on the p ath to crea ting a true “fiscal area” in the Europ ean Union,
as wel l as the “corridors” tha t sh ould be inserte d to correct econo mi c leg al and
econo mic defici encies and ga ps, in order to stren gthen the fiscal area.
Keywords: econo mic dou ble taxati on, legal doub le taxatio n, d ouble taxa tion
conven tions, fiscal area , treat y shopping, ta xpayer, income ta x, cap ital tax .
JEL Cla ssification: H24, H30, K34, K40
This art icle was submitt ed to 6th Int ernational Conference “ Perspectives of Business Law in t he
Third M illennium”, 25 -26 November 2016, t he Bucharest University of Economic Studies,
Bucharest, Romania.
Florin Dumiter “ Vasile Goldiș” Western University of Arad, Romania,
Ștefania Jimon “Vasile Goldiș” Western University of Arad, Romania,
Juridical Tribune Volume 6, Issue 2, December 2016
1. Introduction
Looking at the literature, we can see that different views on the provisions of
double taxation conventions can lead to conflicts
. If one state considers an entity
as having a permanent residence, that entity will be subject to the income attributed
to this facility with regard to tax regulations. As a result, the other state will
interpret the clause of permanent residence in a different way, and will not consider
the fact that the requirements for the establishment of permanent residence are met,
having the right of veto with regard to granting an exemption from tax income, in
this case the income being subject to double taxation.
Fiscal sovereignty entails that each state is free to determine the tax system it
enforces, define the taxes that make up that system, specify the subjects of taxation,
set tax amounts, establish payment terms, grant tax incentives, set tax penalties,
establish remedies and tax dispute settlement procedures etc.
The international context and globalisation, the increase in international
mobility, the free movement of goods, services, capital and people have quickly led
to international investment, the expansion and relocation of economic activities and
the development of multinational entities.
In this context, the tax system and fiscal policies of a state must be adapted
to both the national and the international environment to ensure competition in
taxes. Thus, the increasing mobility of capital and labour can positively influenced,
each taxpayer being interested in owning the most profitable opportunities to get
the highest return on income before or after taxes
, and states can ensure their
economic and social development based on foreign investment.
There were immediate tax jurisdiction controversies related to revenues
obtained and capital held by non-residents of a country, the most common conflict
in international tax law being international double taxation
Double taxation is a complex phenomenon that is based on the action of two
or more fiscal sovereignties or competition arising between two or more fiscal
and it is a topic often discussed in the literature because of the
negative effects that it generates. International double taxation poses a number of
problems due to the fact that its existence prevents inter-state transactions and
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