Course syllabus MDP - Tax Aspects of International Transactions (ŠAVŠ - WS 2020/2021)

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Course title: Tax Aspects of International Transactions
WS 2020/2021
Course supervisor:
Supervising department:
Prerequisites for registration:
Bachelor state examination
Time allowance:
full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 0/12 (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Type of study: usual
Form of teaching:
lecture, seminar
Mode of completion and credits:
Exam (4 credits)
Course objective:
The objective of the course is to form the overall picture of taxation and tax policy with the emphasis on the international taxation and tax harmonization in the European Union. During the course students get acquainted with the practical knowledge necessary for tax optimization in the context of the Czech tax system and double tax treaties.
Course methods:
The full-time course consists of theoretical lectures and seminars. The part-time courses are based on tutorial sessions with the lecturer. During the term, several case studies and exercises are elaborated.
Course content:
Introduction. Double taxation. Sources of International Tax Law (Domestic legislation, Tax Treaties, EU Law), (allowance 2/1)
Reasons and mechanism of double taxation
b.Comparison of various types of Double tax treaties

2.Tax residency. Elimination of double taxation. (allowance 2/1)
Change of tax residency. Habitual abode.
Tax residency in various types of Double tax treaties.
Place of effective management
Methods of elimination of double taxation.
Specific treatment of double taxation elimination in domestic legislation

3.Active income (allowance 2/1)
Employment income, Remunaretion of statutory representatives
b.Income from independent activities, entertainers, sportspersons
Income of students, teachers,pensions, government service
Non-discrimination clause, progressive taxation

Business profits - permanent establishment (allowance 2/1)
a.definitions, consequences, types in domestic legislation and various Double tax treaties
branch vs repre office vs permanent establishment
tax transparent entity base of the permanent establishment based on various Double tax treaties and domestic legislation

Passive income I (allowance 2/1)
a.profit shares (dividend) - Double tax treaties, EU Directives and domestic legislation
immovable property - rental income and capital gains according to Double tax treaty and domestic legislation
c.movable property - capital gains according to Double tax treaty and domestic legislation

6.Passive income II (allowance 2/1)
Interest, royalty - Double tax treaties, EU legislation and domestic legislation
Withholding tax and tax securement
Concept of beneficiary ownership

Anti tax avoidance principles I (allowance 2/1)
Definitions, types and consequences according to the Double tax treaties, EU legislation and domestic legislation
Interest deductibility limitations (general, thin capitalisation, purpose of financial instrument)
Limitations of advantageous treatment/rate based on the Double tax treaty and domestic legislation
d.Exit taxation

Anti tax avoidance principles II (allowance 2/1)
Substance over form principle - definition, consequences, relating court decisions
Abuse of law - definition, consequences, relating court decisions

9.Anti tax avoidance principles III (allowance 2/1)
a.CFC rules - term, definition, EU and domestic legislation
Hybrid mismatches - term, types, EU and domestic legislation
c.Reporting duty - Country by Country Reporting, Enclosures to final accounts/tax return, other reporting duties

Transfer pricing (allowance 2/1)
a.term, consequences, history
arm's length principle
OECD guidelines, Double tax treaties and domestic legislation

11.Tax harmonization I (allowance 2/1)
a.levels of harmonization, history, trends, types
Harmonization of direct tax - EU Directives
Mergers, Consolidated tax base,

Tax harmonization II (allowance 2/1)
Harmonization of custom and excise duty - TARIC
VAT harmonization - basic principle, reverse charge, intracomunity supply, export/import, determination of the place of taxable supply, Mini one stop shop

Learning outcomes and competences:
After completing the course, student:
Will apply the basic principles of international taxation in practice
Will determine the method of avoiding double taxation in defined situation
Will identify the key factors necessary for tax optimization for the group of companies
-Will select appropriate information sources and collect enough background material necessary for tax structuring

Teaching methods and workload (hours of workload):
Type of teaching method
Daily attendance
Combined form
Direct teaching
     Attendance of lectures
24 h
0 h
     Attendance of courses/seminars/tutorials
12 h
12 h
     Consultations with teacher (part-time form of study)0 h
2 h
     Course reading and ongoing preparation28 h50 h
     Composing of individual (seminar) work0 h
20 h
     Composing of presentation20 h0 h
     Preparation for final oral exam28 h28 h
112 h
112 h
Assessment methods:
Requirement type
Daily attendance
Combined form
Term paper0 %50 %
50 %
0 %
Final oral exam
50 %
50 %
100 %100 %
Course completion:
- Presentation at seminar
- Oral exam
Support for combined/distance forms of study:
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Reading list:
Language of instruction: Czech
SKALICKÁ, H. Mezinárodní daňové vztahy. 3rd ed. Praha: Wolters Kluwer, 2016. 304 p. ISBN 978-80-7552-400-3.
NERUDOVÁ, D. -- ŠIMÁČKOVÁ, K. Modelová smlouva o zamezení dvojího zdanění příjmů a majetku - stručná verze. Praha: Wolters Kluwer ČR, 2009. 448 p. ISBN 978-80-7357-480-2.
SOJKA, V. Mezinárodní zdanění příjmů.: Smlouvy o zamezení dvojího zdanění a zákon o daních z příjmů, 4.vyd. Praha: Wolters Kluwer Česká republika, 2017. 360 p. ISBN 978-80-7478-034-9.

Smlouvy o zamezení dvojímu zdanění, směrnice a nařízení EU, daňové zákony v účinném znění

Study plans:
Track N-EMCZ-NFMP Corporate Finance in International Business, part-time form, initial period SS 2018/2019, place of teaching Mladá Boleslav
Track N-EMCZ-NFMP Corporate Finance in International Business, full-time form, initial period WS 2019/2020, place of teaching Praha
Run in the period of: SS 2019/2020, WS 2019/2020, SS 2018/2019, WS 2018/2019, SS 2017/2018, WS 2017/2018 (and older)
Course tutor:
Ing. Aranka Bergnerová (examiner, instructor)
doc. Ing. Jiřina Bokšová, Ph.D. (supervisor)
Ing. Lukáš Moravec, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Teaching language:
Mladá Boleslav, Praha

Last modification made by Mgr. Luděk Švejdar on 03/20/2020.

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